BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: A Piggie Christmas by Howard Fine

TITLE: A Piggie Christmas


PUBLISHER:  Hyperion Children’s Books, 2000


Certain traditions will always be associated with Christmas: caroling, trimming the tree, and of course, the long, impatient anticipation of Santa Claus. But few things evoke memories of Christmases past quite so poignantly as–PIGS?

This hilarious collection combines classic Christmas carols with Howard Fine’s unique piggies. The result gives new life to old favorites and is guaranteed to make you look at Christmas in a whole new light.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK :  When I was a little girl, I could hardly wait for the holidays to come around. While of course, I wanted the presents, I actually loved all the wonderful Christmas carols more. My older sister and I would sing for hours from an old holiday songbook Mother would bring out every December just for us. When I opened up A PIGGIE CHRISTMAS, I had to laugh at how illustrator, Howard Fine, brought all those childhood memories back in such a unique way as his whimsical piggies dance their way through the carols. I especially loved his take on The Twelve Days of Christmas. A great addition to any library!

RATING: *****5 Stars*****


1 star…probably not worth your time.

2 stars…there are some things to like, but some elements could have been stronger.

3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers, but others might find it lacking something.

4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.

5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!



Jack is afraid of the THING in the closet. Monty is afraid of the LUMP in the bed. One day boy and monster both decide they no longer want to fear what hides in the dark. Both have a plan, but will be surprised by what they discover after A BUMP IN THE NIGHT.

Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.

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