Sunday, December 19, 2021

Advent Reads Day 19: The Christmas Pig by J.K. Rowling

 Welcome to Advent Reads!

This is an event I have had on my blog for several years running now.  Each evening I feature a different holiday themed book. Think of it as your Book Advent Calendar! I post a variety of holiday books including romance, children's, middle-grade, mystery, paranormal, and I try to find some that are other holiday celebrations than Christmas too. I hope you will stop by each evening to see what new book I have for you!

Synopsis: "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..."

My Review: I understand much world hates Rowling (and understandably so) but in the somewhat abysmal search for a middle grade Christmas book for my son to read, I came across this one. It ended up being the perfect story for him to enjoy, it seems to be very heavily inspired by the Velveteen Rabbit and something else from my childhood that I can't quite remember. I love the idea of the Land of Lost things. My son has a particular stuffy that he has loved since day one, so he was really able to relate to a lot of Jack's feelings about DP. It was quite the adventure and perfect for young readers to pick up throughout the month of December.

My Rating: If you take out all the drama surrounding the author, this turns out to be a pretty fantastic story. Both Peanut and I give it a rating of Four Paws!


  1. I have been curious about this one. I don't want to start it this late in the season, but it would be a good one for me and Gnome and to read together next December.

    1. It was really cute but it does at times get a bit dark so if Gnome is at all sensitive about things like that reading together would be great. It is also emotional as all get out, so brace for tears but it is so worth it in the end!