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The Peculiar Pig

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  177 ratings  ·  45 reviews
The sweet, funny story of a dachshund puppy who learns it is fine to be different from her piglet siblings.

There was a different sort of piglet in the pigpen one cool spring morning.

That "different" one is named Penny, and she's really not a piglet at all . . . she's a puppy. A puppy who gets longer and longer as her piglet siblings get bigger and bigger. Penny doesn't
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Nancy Paulsen Books
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Ben Truong
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Peculiar Pig is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Joy Steuerwald, which stars a Mother Pig with her seven piglets – one of which is rather peculiar and different.

The text is rather simplistic and straightforward. It is a wonderful allegoric story about unconditional love, bullying, adoption, and individuality told in a gently manner. The illustrations are hand-drawn and digitally pained are expressive and distinct with a nice balance between cartoon and realism.

The premise
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Is this an original story about being yourself and that you are awesome the way you are? No.

BUT the illustrations are so darn cute. I mean the main characters are piglets and a puppy so how can you not read it, amiright?

I was laughing longer than I'd like to admit because the chubbiest piglet was named Rolly, so there is that.

Picture books are just the best, guys.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
These pigs are SO CUTE. The classic illustrations are very appealing. The story is good enough - not very original but who cares when the pigs and puppy are so adorable. I don't like the vilification of snakes but I'm willing to let it slide!
A puppy and piglets become a family
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A cute happy picture book, fun illustrations
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: story-time
Story was did they not know what a snake is called? The art was amazing, though.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pbf-dogs
A sweet and adorable story; perhaps a metaphor for adoption. Appealing and adorable illustrations.
Feeling like the odd one out in a bunch is the pits. It takes time and exposure to grow confidence with yourself as an individual and take pride in the attributes that make you unique. Children blatantly lack both time and exposure, so helping to nurture qualities of self-confidence and acceptance is crucial for parents. Luckily, Joy Steuerwald has written and illustrated an adorable story to demonstrate that our differences are not qualities that should be viewed as embarrassing, they are ...more
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Penny is an unusual pig, since she’s actually a dachshund puppy. She doesn’t get bigger like her pig siblings, instead she gets longer. She’s different in other ways too, like her bark compared to their oinks. But her mother pig loves her just the same as her litter mates. When the piglets root in the mud, Penny digs with her paws instead. Penny also prefers to practice her barking instead of playing in mud puddles. Her piglet siblings teased her about how different she is, but Penny just kept ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oink, oink, woof, oink, oink. Wait. What? A dachshund puppy has found her way into the pigpen. Everything about her is different from her piglet brothers and sisters, but mama pig assures her that she loves all of her babies the same. The other little ones marvel at her unique approach to things like digging. Who digs with their feet? But Penny the pup stands her ground without rebuke. One day something else creeps into the pen, a snake. It is penny’s yips and growls that drive the threat away. ...more
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book didn't quite accomplish for me and my children what it may have intended. My 2 youngest children are adopted and are a different ethnicity than my husband and I. Something that has been so important to our family is recognizing and celebrating all the unique things that make us different and special. It has also been so important to us to include their birth families...especially birth their lives. So in reading this story, I was bothered that the mother pig neglected to ...more
Prince William Public Library System
This is one of the cutest books. I love the illustrations, but I'm forever irked by children's books about being different that involve the "different" character having to prove their worth to avoid chastisement, but alas. I'm also a sap when it comes to precious puppy stories.

A little puppy, Penny, is raised by a pig. She has pig siblings, but they don't really "get" her because she's different. Penny's pig-mom, however, loves her despite obvious differences (perhaps an adoption metaphor?)
Abby Johnson
Cutey cute cute. This is a fun addition to a farm theme or a families theme. Penny is a piglet unlike the other piglets (young listeners and readers will immediately identify that she is a puppy!), but Mama Pig loves her just the same. Pair this one with LITTLE PINK PUP by Johanna Kerby for a story about a family of puppies with one piglet accepted just as he is.
Jul 16, 2019 added it
Penny is quite different from her pig siblings. Although Mama Pig loves the little dachshund as much as the others, the piglets find Penny very peculiar. To the piglets' surprise, it turns out that peculiar saves the day. This is a sweet book with a lesson about how differences can be strengths. The illustrations are charming.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
A cute story that my colleague pointed out *could* have been based on true events? (Same colleague also pointed out that snakes don't have ears-- a solid observation...)

A nice story about being different, but not particularly memorable on its own. Maybe a good read-alike for fans of Gaston/Antoinette.
Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Cute, but slight, interspecies adoption story. Felt timeless in both good and bad ways [this could have been written 30 years ago (yay!) and this could have been written 30 years ago (meh)]. Ages 3-5.
Jessica Furtado
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This tale is nothing revolutionary, but still a very sweet story of family and acceptance. The illustrations are bright and adorably rendered. Recommended for Pre-K storytimes and cozy one-on-one reading.
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: addyvi
I like this book because it's about the way you look: its message is "it doesn't matter how you look, it just matters about how you treat other people." Actually, its message is about helping friends.
Rebecca Gordon
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Differences are celebrated on this farm. Mama Pig has one piglet who stands out from all the rest. But, this story will show that what makes you unique is what gives you power. Great to share with students learning about differences and the power of perspective.
The Library Lady
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Sweet. Grownups will love (probably all too well) the messages about that which is different, family love, adoption, etc. Kids will just giggle at the dachshund puppy among a brood of piglets, and the satisfying ending.
Pair with other modern times ugly duckling stories, particularly Kelly Dipuccio's Gaston.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, picture-books
This might be a 4.5. It is pretty adorable.
Edward Sullivan
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Sweet, appealingly illustrated story about a puppy among piglets.
Elizabeth  Chang
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
These are some of the most adorablest little oinks you will ever see.
Simple and sweet with lively illustration.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A delightful celebration of differences & the unique qualities we all have! Great read aloud.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When will we truly understand such a simple message? Everybody is peculiar in their own perfect way.
Miss Sarah
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
A mama pig loves all her pigs even the one who doesnt look like the others (he's a dog). Can the other baby pigs learn to love him too. Preschool and up
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
So cute! Adorable illustrations, good message, and so cute!!
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: readaloud, preschool
Cuteness everywhere. Adorable illustrations and a sweet readaloud.
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