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A heartwarming, page-turning adventure about one child's love for his most treasured thing, and how far he will go to find it. A tale for the whole family to fall in love with, from one of the world’s greatest storytellers. One boy and his toy are about to change everything... Jack loves his childhood toy, Dur Pig. DP has always been there for him, through good and bad. Unti A heartwarming, page-turning adventure about one child's love for his most treasured thing, and how far he will go to find it. A tale for the whole family to fall in love with, from one of the world’s greatest storytellers. One boy and his toy are about to change everything... Jack loves his childhood toy, Dur Pig. DP has always been there for him, through good and bad. Until one Christmas Eve something terrible happens — DP is lost. But Christmas Eve is a night for miracles and lost causes, a night when all things can come to life... even toys. And Jack’s newest toy — the Christmas Pig (DP’s replacement) — has a daring plan: Together they’ll embark on a magical journey to seek something lost, and to save the best friend Jack has ever known...


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A heartwarming, page-turning adventure about one child's love for his most treasured thing, and how far he will go to find it. A tale for the whole family to fall in love with, from one of the world’s greatest storytellers. One boy and his toy are about to change everything... Jack loves his childhood toy, Dur Pig. DP has always been there for him, through good and bad. Unti A heartwarming, page-turning adventure about one child's love for his most treasured thing, and how far he will go to find it. A tale for the whole family to fall in love with, from one of the world’s greatest storytellers. One boy and his toy are about to change everything... Jack loves his childhood toy, Dur Pig. DP has always been there for him, through good and bad. Until one Christmas Eve something terrible happens — DP is lost. But Christmas Eve is a night for miracles and lost causes, a night when all things can come to life... even toys. And Jack’s newest toy — the Christmas Pig (DP’s replacement) — has a daring plan: Together they’ll embark on a magical journey to seek something lost, and to save the best friend Jack has ever known...

30 review for The Christmas Pig

  1. 5 out of 5

    HERALD

    THIS IS A REPOST I am absolutely disgusted by these comments. I am LGBTQ myself and I find nothing offensive. Do you people READ? J.K.ROWLING is not Transphobic. How Can anyone even be offended by...Sorry...PERIODS. What an insanely stupid topic. GROW THE F..K UP. She didn't say anything Anti Trans or Anti LGBTQ. What the HELL happened to the FREE-SPEECH? You took all her words out of context to create your TOXIC Narrative for your TOXIC Activism. Our community is literally finished. We do not tarnish THIS IS A REPOST I am absolutely disgusted by these comments. I am LGBTQ myself and I find nothing offensive. Do you people READ? J.K.ROWLING is not Transphobic. How Can anyone even be offended by...Sorry...PERIODS. What an insanely stupid topic. GROW THE F..K UP. She didn't say anything Anti Trans or Anti LGBTQ. What the HELL happened to the FREE-SPEECH? You took all her words out of context to create your TOXIC Narrative for your TOXIC Activism. Our community is literally finished. We do not tarnish an Author's Image just because your Axx is hypersensitive....YES...IT ISN'T HATE TO SPEAK THE TURTH. There was not a single Transphobic word in the book. The plot about the murderer wearing women clothes is not original. Other Writers have written about it before. Countless of other books have reflected this element too. In fact it is all based on real life events. In the book It was just a man using a hat and a coat to disguise himself...Nothing else. So basically if Shakespeare writes about women in Hamlet "in a certain manner" that provokes the WOKE Culture... He is Misogynistic. And now we will CANCEL him as well. Are you insane? What a stupid way of thinking. I also disagree with Daniel Radcliffe. I lost all respect for him, Emma Watson and the rest of the actors. YOU DO NOT BITE THE HAND WHO FEEDS YOU. J.K.ROWLING literally MADE THE ENTIRE POTTER CAST. What an absolute disgrace and unbearably offensive thing to do. What I noticed was how perfectly controlled Daniel was by his "Talent Agency". They literally used him to speak against J.K.ROWLING. You know, just like Hollywood always does. He is a known supporter of "THE TREVOR PROJECT"... Knowing very well how easily they control their puppets, I can almost SEE "Them" Actually Writing the Letter ...FOR...Him. It is absolutely shocking how much Power The Mainstream Media and The Social Media has on you. They care only about their Agenda...They appear like they are advocating for US and for Free Speech but all they care about is "Illuminati Rights" HmmHmmHmm (choking) I'm Sorry...Human Rights. If "THEY" really cared about LGBTQ rights ...They wouldn't push us having fights on Twitter... There is no TRIAL in TWITTER...Human rights cannot be fought on TWITTER. IT IS INSANE. Nothing good comes of of it. If they really cared about BLM...They wouldn't cause RIOTS and incite more HATRED. Instead They'd be HEALING Racial wounds that spawn for centuries. Riots add even more fuel to the fire. It is damage control on a mass scale to bring nothing but destruction and further economic recession. Now back to you readers... It is you who decide whether to fall for the Irrational Toxic Activism and these little misconceptions or truly enjoy READING. UNDERSTAND THIS: THERE IS NO WOKE MOVEMENT TO DESTROY SOLID WORKS OF ART. IT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. NOT NOW, NOT EVER. IF THE TOXIC ACTIVISM THINKS IT CAN CENSOR BOOKS AND TWIST NARRATIVE PREPARE FOR A REAL "CAREER OF EVIL" SHE IS NOT ALONE. HOGWARTS IS TOO BIG TO GO DOWN...THE ONLY THING THAT IS GOING DOWN IS THE "TITANIC" OF THE TOXIC ACTIVISTS... J.K.ROWLING will always be HIGH...IF NOT HIGHER in the WRITER'S PANTHEON among names like J.R.R.TOLKIEN, JILL MURPHY, ROBERT JORDAN, STEPHENIE MEYER ETC. J.K.ROWLING literally awakened an entire generation into reading...This is not how you Repay her. J.K.ROWLING could never, even in the vivid imagination that brought us Hogwarts and Harry Potter, have expected the savagery of the woke. "SOCIAL MEDIA MADE YOU ALL TOO COMFORTABLE WITH DISRESPECTING PEOPLE AND NOT GETTING PUNCHED IN FACE FOR IT." Since when our generation has become so hypersensitive and Butthurt that is offended by everything? In all this Pandemic and economic recession, the last thing we need to hear is you and your insufferable hypersensitive prattling. You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to what YOU can ARGUE for. A bit harsh? Just to anger THE TOXIC people even more I'll give the book 5 out of 5 stars. PS: Because you may be dumb...But you are perfectly good at it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Liam Wilson

    there is a person who obviously didn’t read this book and rated it a one star just because they didn’t like the author. we are supposed to rate the book based on the BOOK and not wether or not u like the author

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jayson

    (A-) 82% | Very Good Notes: An animated afterlife, on grief and facing truth, too deus-ex rapture, but expertly captures the absolute ardor of youth.

  4. 4 out of 5

    HECATE

    J.K.ROWLING literally awakened an entire generation into reading...This is not how you Repay her. J.K.ROWLING could never, even in the vivid imagination that brought us Hogwarts and Harry Potter, have expected the savagery of the woke. J.K.ROWLING literally awakened an entire generation into reading...This is not how you Repay her. J.K.ROWLING could never, even in the vivid imagination that brought us Hogwarts and Harry Potter, have expected the savagery of the woke.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    The book is cute and a bit sad but I don’t want to own the book, I want someone to buy me my own stuffed animal Christmas Pig 😏😘 Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  6. 5 out of 5

    VOLDEMORT

    "SOCIAL MEDIA MADE YOU ALL TOO COMFORTABLE WITH DISRESPECTING PEOPLE AND NOT GETTING PUNCHED IN FACE FOR IT." UNDERSTAND THIS: THERE IS NO WOKE ARMY TO DESTROY SOLID WORKS OF ART. HOGWARTS IS TOO BIG TO GO DOWN...THE ONLY THING THAT IS GOING DOWN IS THE "TITANIC" OF THE TOXIC ACTIVISTS... PREPARE FOR A REAL ..."CAREER OF EVIL" "SOCIAL MEDIA MADE YOU ALL TOO COMFORTABLE WITH DISRESPECTING PEOPLE AND NOT GETTING PUNCHED IN FACE FOR IT." UNDERSTAND THIS: THERE IS NO WOKE ARMY TO DESTROY SOLID WORKS OF ART. HOGWARTS IS TOO BIG TO GO DOWN...THE ONLY THING THAT IS GOING DOWN IS THE "TITANIC" OF THE TOXIC ACTIVISTS... PREPARE FOR A REAL ..."CAREER OF EVIL"

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alex Rozenstine

    Who allows this woman to publish more books?? So disheartening to see also people being excited about this book when,,, it sounds mediocre at best and Rowling's writing became worse after the HP series. Like the fact some of y'all prioritize whatever this trash is over trans people is speaking volumes. Who allows this woman to publish more books?? So disheartening to see also people being excited about this book when,,, it sounds mediocre at best and Rowling's writing became worse after the HP series. Like the fact some of y'all prioritize whatever this trash is over trans people is speaking volumes.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ry Thorne

    So, I have officially lost my mind. I want to read a book about a Christmas pig. And I'm not sorry So, I have officially lost my mind. I want to read a book about a Christmas pig. And I'm not sorry

  9. 4 out of 5

    J. Lieutenant of Barad Dur

    What happens to all the keys that we lose, umbrellas that we forget, jewelry that we misplace … With things so damaged that we simply stop remembering that they exist? They end up in the Land of the Lost. Extremely dangerous and magical place. A place where lost items live in the hope that the owners will remember them and thus save them from oblivion and terrible fate. J.K. Rowling once again created an incredible world of imagination. A world full of love, selflessness, sacrifice. But also full What happens to all the keys that we lose, umbrellas that we forget, jewelry that we misplace … With things so damaged that we simply stop remembering that they exist? They end up in the Land of the Lost. Extremely dangerous and magical place. A place where lost items live in the hope that the owners will remember them and thus save them from oblivion and terrible fate. J.K. Rowling once again created an incredible world of imagination. A world full of love, selflessness, sacrifice. But also full of sadness, evil, loneliness and the truth that, every day, people lose much more than small things. As children, we all had a favorite toy that was our comfort and protection. We all NEEDED that soft bundle to hug. That toy had a special power. You will remember that if you decide to read this book. No lock can hold Hope. Remember that, too. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Absolute perfection. Countless shining stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  10. 4 out of 5

    Clara

    I received my copy this morning and only meant to skim through but ended up reading it in one sitting. 😂 Such a cute story that I feel will be a lovely one to read with children. Now I have to hide the book until Christmas and pretend i haven't read it because it was a gift for my own kids 🙃 I received my copy this morning and only meant to skim through but ended up reading it in one sitting. 😂 Such a cute story that I feel will be a lovely one to read with children. Now I have to hide the book until Christmas and pretend i haven't read it because it was a gift for my own kids 🙃

  11. 4 out of 5

    Susan Mangigian

    I haven't read this yet but I will be buying it. Based on some of these comments, some people need to go back to the church they profess to believe in and revisit Christ's loving words. Shame on all of you for the mean-spirited comments about the author. Such hateful comments about a CHILDREN'S BOOK. Makes my heart hurt for humanity. I haven't read this yet but I will be buying it. Based on some of these comments, some people need to go back to the church they profess to believe in and revisit Christ's loving words. Shame on all of you for the mean-spirited comments about the author. Such hateful comments about a CHILDREN'S BOOK. Makes my heart hurt for humanity.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jazan Wild

    Loved my early copy of this book! And I love J.K. Rowling. This is a heartwarming tale about a boy and his toy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melki

    This magical tale of a boy who goes on a quest for his missing stuffed pig is sweet, sappy, and schmaltzy - all the things a Christmas book should be. It's sure to be next year's blockbuster holiday movie, or a boffo special streaming exclusively on Disney Plus. This magical tale of a boy who goes on a quest for his missing stuffed pig is sweet, sappy, and schmaltzy - all the things a Christmas book should be. It's sure to be next year's blockbuster holiday movie, or a boffo special streaming exclusively on Disney Plus.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Book collector

    This is a book review. Nothing else. Well the latest J. K. arrived on the 14th October and it's now 2 AM on the 15th and I've finished the book. It's wonderful. The story is excellent and as you would expect, the characterisation is brilliant. The story is relatively straightforward. A boy loses a beloved toy and with the aid of another toy goes in search of the first in the land of the lost. Naturally the book is so much more than that though. It's about loss, change and love and works as a (po This is a book review. Nothing else. Well the latest J. K. arrived on the 14th October and it's now 2 AM on the 15th and I've finished the book. It's wonderful. The story is excellent and as you would expect, the characterisation is brilliant. The story is relatively straightforward. A boy loses a beloved toy and with the aid of another toy goes in search of the first in the land of the lost. Naturally the book is so much more than that though. It's about loss, change and love and works as a (potentially) scary story for younger readers and as a story for older children and adults. The book opens with a section about the effects of divorce and new relationships on the children of divorced couples. It's quite hard hitting but superbly written and gives an idea of the stresses involved. The story then moves on to the more magical Christmas tale with the arrival of the titular Christmas pig. I won't give anymore plot away. All I will say is the land of the lost is populated with excellently crafted characters in a story that is effortlessly readable. The illustrations of Jim Field are beautiful and make a fine addition to the text. Yet another winner from the superb J. K. Rowling. Here's hoping for more soon.

  15. 4 out of 5

    K

    Does anyone remember Jim Henson's The Christmas Toy (live action kids' Christmas special) from the 80s? This is really, really similar to it in plot, with the only difference being that the boy's favorite toy doesn't get lost, but is worried about being "replaced" by this year's new "Christmas Toy". But the toys come alive at night on Christmas Eve, etc. Does anyone remember Jim Henson's The Christmas Toy (live action kids' Christmas special) from the 80s? This is really, really similar to it in plot, with the only difference being that the boy's favorite toy doesn't get lost, but is worried about being "replaced" by this year's new "Christmas Toy". But the toys come alive at night on Christmas Eve, etc.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tony Laplume

    The most ridiculous lie people love to say is that original stories are hard to come by. It’s not really the stories but how they’re told. And the best writers are basically telling the same story over and over again, and they’re the best writers because they always have interesting ways to tell them. So: J.K.Rowling and The Christmas Pig. Like all of Rowling’s stories this one is about a life that is going horribly wrong with a chance to set things right. That’s what Rowling believes, and that it The most ridiculous lie people love to say is that original stories are hard to come by. It’s not really the stories but how they’re told. And the best writers are basically telling the same story over and over again, and they’re the best writers because they always have interesting ways to tell them. So: J.K.Rowling and The Christmas Pig. Like all of Rowling’s stories this one is about a life that is going horribly wrong with a chance to set things right. That’s what Rowling believes, and that it isn’t magic, or some radical twist of fate that accomplishes it (and what a horrid misreading that would be!) but coming to terms with what’s happened, and moving on, given a proper opportunity. I’ve loved everything I’ve read from Rowling. She is a great writer. Period. As of 2021, if you wanted to read only one book to figure out how timeless and insightful and magical she is, I recommend you read The Christmas Pig.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Thompson

    This book has all the nostalgia of a 90's animated production not made by Disney. There are things that come to life before your eyes, and they are often brutally massacred in front of the protagonist child. It's one of those kids books that doesn't cater to convention, but addresses real issues kids have to deal with. Namely the loss of a favorite thing, and having it replaced with a new one. This tale of new and old loved things takes place concurrently with the hero Jack, also struggling to a This book has all the nostalgia of a 90's animated production not made by Disney. There are things that come to life before your eyes, and they are often brutally massacred in front of the protagonist child. It's one of those kids books that doesn't cater to convention, but addresses real issues kids have to deal with. Namely the loss of a favorite thing, and having it replaced with a new one. This tale of new and old loved things takes place concurrently with the hero Jack, also struggling to adapt to a new Step-Father and Sister. The parable and lesson Jack learns within apply to both, although I think Rowling is incredibly subtle with that. I cried a few times. Rowling has always been able to capture the essence of what it means to be a child, and dealing with the difficult issues of divorce and remarriage in this book, she continues her streak of excellence. The fantasy world is a bit of a mixed bag. At times it's delightful, at others it's a bit worn and tired. It's not entirely a new idea though. This book is The Book of Lost Things but actually written for children. It doesn't even stray very far from that story. Enjoyable! A nostalgic dark Christmas tale with warmth!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Raghav Bhatia

    This story comes from a very good place and you can tell it. The writing is so charming, filling the quieter moments with life. Jack is adorable. I wanted to squish his cheeks just how he squishes his piggy's. It's not all cute, though; silently Rowling deals with mature themes, divorce and estrangement and change and loss biggest of all. Her opinions may not all be aligned with mine, but she articulates herself well in writing while implying certain morals. I wouldn't call myself the biggest Ha This story comes from a very good place and you can tell it. The writing is so charming, filling the quieter moments with life. Jack is adorable. I wanted to squish his cheeks just how he squishes his piggy's. It's not all cute, though; silently Rowling deals with mature themes, divorce and estrangement and change and loss biggest of all. Her opinions may not all be aligned with mine, but she articulates herself well in writing while implying certain morals. I wouldn't call myself the biggest Harry Potter fan, but I am indeed a fan, having grown up with those books and movies, and she still has the magic -- that way with words where they jump to obey their queen. Not a one of them out of place. She took me back, man. I was a child reading this precious puppy, flipping pages as though on a treasure hunt. I was THERE with Jack, you know. I think most of us have been where Jack is, as children, coping with changes, holding on with delicate little hands to cheap, priceless things. I can see this coming to life as an animated Pixar film, a festive brother to the excellent Toy Story, a blast of energy to light and lighten your day. As cartoonish as the events that ensue in the story are, Rowling makes sure they're vivid and alive inside your head. I scarcely paid attention to the illustrations, but they're nice and sweet and sparse, as they well should be. Editing's tight, making sure the use of words is economical. If you wished you could poke holes in the plot -- which is silly from afar, and sillier up close -- if you wanted you could accuse the story of banality -- but truly there is heart and cheer and purity here, and humor that will click with audiences target or no; and there are lessons and love. If you're tired of feeling tired, read The Christmas Pig. If you want to go on a Disneyland joyride while sitting on your couch at home, read The Christmas Pig. Oink-oink, cheers, take off that frown, spread some smiles. Stop pulling people down.

  19. 5 out of 5

    B | crumbledpages

    [this review is irrespective of the author. this review is solely based on the story and my experience while reading it] Okay, two things first. 1. That gold foiling on the naked hardcover! 2.This is the best audiobook I ever listened to. The production was of such high quality, I mean, I am speechless. It felt like a theater production. This is the story of a little of Jack who loses his beloved pig toy, DP, one Christmas. But Christmas eve is a night for miracles and things comes to life. Literall [this review is irrespective of the author. this review is solely based on the story and my experience while reading it] Okay, two things first. 1. That gold foiling on the naked hardcover! 2.This is the best audiobook I ever listened to. The production was of such high quality, I mean, I am speechless. It felt like a theater production. This is the story of a little of Jack who loses his beloved pig toy, DP, one Christmas. But Christmas eve is a night for miracles and things comes to life. Literally. His toys come to life and amongst them is Christmas Pig (DP’s replacement). Christmas Pig comes with a daring plan to find Jack’s old pig toy. And so, they venture on a magical adventure to save his beloved pig. This book was so magical and imaginative, also very reminiscent of the Toy Story movies. It’s a very cute and adorable story about a boy trying to find his friend, but also a story of learning to let go. The world building was wonderful and unique, truly a fairly tale in all sense. The illustrations were beautiful but I wish there were more of them. Overall, it was a wonderful book to read, I had a delightful time reading this book. This book will be perfect for kids to read and also perfect for Christmas. [PS I know a lot of people don’t like JK Rowling and I know many people cannot separate the art from the artist. But I personally separate the art from the artist. Please don’t hate me for it. I am scared to post this review, not gonna lie.]

  20. 5 out of 5

    Muthu Ram

    I am excited about it. J. K. Rowling is the best And haters stay away

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    I wish that Goodreads would not allow ratings from people that have not even read the book. It is unfair to the author and to the community. The rating system is a helpful tool when choosing a read and is about the book and not politics. I thought this was a beautiful, creative, and enchanting story for children. And for all that are young in spirit! It is about the beauty and miracles of life and love, hope and joy. Very sweet.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Haven’t read it yet. Will read and keep this rating regardless. Hogwarts forever.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I was really hoping for some of the magic and charm that filled the Christmas chapters of the Harry Potter books. But, based on what I read, this isn't a "cozy" sort of Christmas book and I do feel the cover and blurb are a bit misleading. The cover art is so cheerful and the blurb calls it a "heartwarming" story "for the whole family" but if you're considering sharing this with younger children, please read my spoiler below, especially if they are sensitive as there is a major plot point that i I was really hoping for some of the magic and charm that filled the Christmas chapters of the Harry Potter books. But, based on what I read, this isn't a "cozy" sort of Christmas book and I do feel the cover and blurb are a bit misleading. The cover art is so cheerful and the blurb calls it a "heartwarming" story "for the whole family" but if you're considering sharing this with younger children, please read my spoiler below, especially if they are sensitive as there is a major plot point that is not mentioned in the marking blurb and I think it might be upsetting for some children. Also, some reviewers pointed out the adventure segments are a bit intense for sensitive youngsters. So, I encourage parents to read the one and two star reviews on Amazon (there appear to be more reviews there than GoodReads right now, at least for people who actually read the book) and decide if you want to share this with your children. That said, it has many glowing reviews, so it might work for you or your family. Personally, it just wasn't the sort of cozy, magical Christmas read I hoped for and I quit reading it because it just felt too dreary while at the same time being rather boring. I went into this without having read any reviews and I tried to be optimistic about the book, despite being underwhelmed by JK Rowling's efforts post-HP. Fortunately, I did not purchase this and got a place in the holds queue at the library early enough that my copy already came in. I only read about six or seven chapters and skimmed several more (so I won't give it a star rating) but I was very underwhelmed and honestly cannot believe the same person who wrote HP wrote this. I have no desire to read more, either for the plot or the writing style. It really feels like a lot of tell-tell-tell and not enough real emotional involvement or character building. Very detached. Also, I'm not getting any warm and cozy Christmas vibes. It seems more like a novel about family struggles. Another reviewer notes, it's not really a Christmas story, despite the cover art and marketing. It starts out with the chapters when the boys is in pre-K, chapters with the boy and his pig and how they are happy together... Winnie the Pooh type stuff (but very little charm)... until he’s about six then whamo! (view spoiler)[it hits you with a huge fight the parents have, yelling and screaming, something loud crashing… the boy races downstairs thinking there’s a burglar but he finds the mother in tears, and the dad storming off. Then the parents get divorced. The boy and his mom move closer to the grandparents, and he becomes friends with an eleven-year-old girl at the school who helps him with his reading... Then HER parents are getting divorced... then turns out HER dad and HIS mom end up dating and getting together and then the girl gets upset with the boy saying that it's HER dad, not his dad, there's all this animosity and eventually she throws his beloved toy pig out the window of their car. The pig is lost, which is the precipitating event for the rest of the story. But, I really had no interest to read anymore as it wasn't the sort of story I was looking for. I don’t mean to imply that every book for young children should be free of cares or struggles and I'm sure this book will appeal to many young readers. There’s just nothing in the marketing blurbs that mentions anything about the family struggles and it makes it sound like it’s just a book about a boy’s magical adventure to find a lost toy. I imagine the details about the parents’ fight and divorce could be very upsetting for some children especially if they don’t have any warning about it. (hide spoiler)] Based on some of the negative reviews I've read, I don't think I will enjoy the rest of the story, either, and I especially don't need anything dismal and depressing this holiday season! Off to find another book for the holidays while trying to hold onto those warm fuzzy feelings I had about Harry Potter once upon a time.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lorrie Kim

    In this post-TERFpocalypse world, I deal with my ambivalence about continuing my studies of this author's oeuvre by donating twice whatever I pay for her books to organizations that help out trans people. ****** Well, I’ve got to give it to her. She’s done it again. It is a longer and more substantial book than I was expecting. It’s a worthy new entry in the genre of stories about the realm of Lost Toys and how lost things are categorized into desperately missed, somewhat missed, not missed, and un In this post-TERFpocalypse world, I deal with my ambivalence about continuing my studies of this author's oeuvre by donating twice whatever I pay for her books to organizations that help out trans people. ****** Well, I’ve got to give it to her. She’s done it again. It is a longer and more substantial book than I was expecting. It’s a worthy new entry in the genre of stories about the realm of Lost Toys and how lost things are categorized into desperately missed, somewhat missed, not missed, and unloved. In the Harry Potter series, the topic of divorce was conspicuously absent. The Christmas Pig is a tale of what is lost when families break apart. It feels rewarding to read, at last, what this storyteller makes of divorce. As with The Ickabog, I found it impossible to read passages about principles or politics without thinking bitterly that Rowling is very much on the wrong side of the vicious and bewildering campaign of bigotry against trans people. When I read the story of the wealthy man who knows he was better loved and respected before he lost his Principles, I wondered again how the author can’t see this about herself before reminding myself that this is not a fruitful line of thought. I remembered the times that the Potter fandom hoped this author would acknowledge that she had said hurtful things about race or body size or queer issues, retract and restate them. In The Christmas Pig, there is a character named Optimism who believes that the powerful have a bit of good “deep, deep down” inside of them, and will voluntarily stop treating others unfairly. The story shows that it’s more realistic and productive to stop waiting around for that wishful thinking to come true, and to move on. The author’s good gifts are in evidence here. The foreshadowing and later callbacks are beautifully done. The story worked for me and on me. Darn it, I did find it healing, at last, to be able to picture a restful afterlife for the cherished item that a malicious uncle took from me and destroyed in 1983. It’s a good book, well-written. Her oeuvre is stronger for it. Sigh. I’m going to go donate twice the cover price to Lambda Legal now.

  25. 4 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠

    what in the stuff-of-nightmares cover art is this?? also the story itself doesn't even sound that good so yeah HP was the one-shot wonder eh? what in the stuff-of-nightmares cover art is this?? also the story itself doesn't even sound that good so yeah HP was the one-shot wonder eh?

  26. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    I'd give this 0 stars if I could. Who could possibly read this happily knowing that the author is transphobic, fatphobic, and generally an awful person? I'd give this 0 stars if I could. Who could possibly read this happily knowing that the author is transphobic, fatphobic, and generally an awful person?

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kejsi

    Another magical ride. 🎄🐷

  28. 5 out of 5

    A Book Vacation

    A great read and performance. My daughter is only 10 months, but this is definitely one we'll read together one holiday season. Love the imaginative world of the lost things. Really makes you think. A great read and performance. My daughter is only 10 months, but this is definitely one we'll read together one holiday season. Love the imaginative world of the lost things. Really makes you think.

  29. 4 out of 5

    That Dorky Lady

    Its a very cute story. May be not as great as HP series which we naturally expect when we hear jkr's name. but its soooo very cute. Core element of the story is hope and believe. And to love,appreciate and to take good care of the things we got in hand. We listend it as audio book. loved Rocco padden(jack), Gerran Howell(cp) and specially Andrew James Spooners(the loser) voice performance very much. Loser's voice will be enough for me to have nightmares for a couple of days. my kid enjoyed it v Its a very cute story. May be not as great as HP series which we naturally expect when we hear jkr's name. but its soooo very cute. Core element of the story is hope and believe. And to love,appreciate and to take good care of the things we got in hand. We listend it as audio book. loved Rocco padden(jack), Gerran Howell(cp) and specially Andrew James Spooners(the loser) voice performance very much. Loser's voice will be enough for me to have nightmares for a couple of days. my kid enjoyed it very much and so did I .

  30. 5 out of 5

    Antonio

    A great book from a fantastic author. Loved every word of every sentence.

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