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Book Review: What If, Pig? by Linzie Hunter

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"What If, Pig?" by Linzie Hunter (cover)
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Genre: Picture Book
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: You’re not going to find a more heartwarming dynamic duo than Pig and Mouse! Join Pig as he learns how to turn his “what if” worries from anxiety to optimism, all with the help of his loving friend Mouse.

Mouse has never had a friend quite like Pig. Pig is so incredibly kind, fabulously fun, but he also has a big secret—he’s a tremendous worrier!

When Pig gets the brilliant idea to throw a party for Mouse and their friends, he can’t help but think of everything that could possibly go wrong. After all, what if a lion eats all the invitations? What if nobody comes? Or worse, what if everyone comes and has an awful time? In this adorable story, Linzie Hunter’s charming, bright illustrations pair perfectly with her sweet and funny story about friendship and the endless wonder of “what if” that readers of all ages can relate to. This picture book is a great conversation starter in the home or classroom.


REVIEW: What If, Pig? was absolutely magnificent! I loved this story and could relate to Pig so much.

I love how effortlessly the book demonstrates and emphasizes the idea that everyone is fighting some silent battle you know nothing about. For Pig, this is true. On the outside, Pig is kind, fun, generous, and well-liked by others. But on the inside, he worries a lot. “What ifs” plague his mind in an endless spiral.

I like how the book encourages readers to open up about whatever’s bothering them. That they’re not alone and that it’s okay to not be okay. That they are not less than because of their feelings. And I love how Pig’s friend, Mouse, helps Pig turn negative “what ifs” into positive ones to see the bigger, brighter picture.

I adore the illustrations! They’re so cute and precious and colorful. I love how the author transforms the text and expresses the story’s main idea through thoughtful images and precise word choice with each “what if” question posed.

This book felt like a warm hug. It’s the perfect addition to any personal or classroom library and a great conversation starter. Such a lovable, empathetic read!

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