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The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City

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The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City

Does the heartwarming story of a pig being rescued ring any bells? THE UNLIKELY STORY OF A PIG IN THE CITY by Jodi Kendall is another story of a pig (this one named Hamlet), who was rescued from a pig farm where she was going to be killed because she was the runt of the little. Josie's big brother, Tom, snuck the pig out of the farm and brought it home.

Problem was, home is a small townhouse. The house is crowded with two adults and four children and a cat. There's just not enough room --- or money --- for a pig. But when Josie sees the piglet, she falls in love and is determined to save it.

Dad insists the pig has to go. Josie cuts a deal with her dad: Hamlet will stay with the family until Josie finds a home for her. The deadline for doing so is New Year's Day. In the meantime, Josie has to pay for all of Hamlet's food and any other expenses. She also has to keep up with her school work and her gymnastics practice, even though taking care of Hamlet requires more time and energy than she had expected. Can Josie save Hamlet in time?

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as I have a soft spot for animal tales. The writing is upbeat and interesting, and the storyline makes you want to keep turning the pages."

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as I have a soft spot for animal tales. The writing is upbeat and interesting, and the storyline makes you want to keep turning the pages. But, I had a few problems with the storyline.

For instance, Josie has a neighbor owns two sugar gliders. There is just a very brief definition given of what these creatures are. And, there is no mention at all about the legality of owning otherwise wild animals. When Josie finds out she can't keep the pig in the city because of code violations, why wasn't any mention made of the neighbor having wild animals under her roof? Why was the neighbor able to keep her wild animals and Josie not allowed to keep Hamlet, whom the authorities referred to as "livestock"? Seems like a double standard to me.

Also, at one point in the story Josie's dad's boss comes to dinner. This seemed like a rather unusual event. How often does your boss show up for a family dinner? However, there was no explanation given as to why the boss was sharing a meal with the family.

And, at one point, Hamlet gets loose and goes into the neighbor's yard. She disappears inside the neighbor's house through a cat door. At this point in the story, Hamlet sounds like she should be too big to fit through a cat door. The cat door works for the storyline, but it doesn't really work with the description of Hamlet growing so big so quickly.

Despite these discrepancies in the text, this is a great story. And the fact that it is based on a true story makes it that much better.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on November 28, 2017

The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City
by Jodi Kendall

  • Publication Date: October 3, 2017
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN-10: 0062484532
  • ISBN-13: 9780062484536