The Christmas Pig

Book review by Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Quirky holiday odyssey helps boy cope with loss and divorce.

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 8+

Disturbing messages about consent

I wanted to love this book. We got it to read with our 4-year-old and 13-year-old. Very early in the book in became clear that it was going to be too dark for our young one. The child protagonist is scarred by his parents’ divorce and it’s quite depressing. We kept reading with our teen. The most horrifying part of the story for me was an incident in which the male protagonist and a male pig force their way into a female lunchbox, threaten her, and force her to let them stay inside her against her will to advance their cause; then they threaten to hurt her if she tells anyone. After that I had a very hard time cheering for this boy and his pig. This plot point was totally unnecessary and sends a horrible message to children about consent and their autonomy over their own bodies, as well as what they should do if they are physically taken advantage of (ie - not tell anyone).
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age 15+

Not for children- a terrible book!!!

I bought this for my 10 year old son. After him reading a few chapters I found him crying and yelling at the book. Like a fool I encouraged him to keep reading and he did. A day later he was crying again and that night couldn’t get to sleep and talked endlessly about it because he was so upset by it. He is a big Harry Potter fan but keeps saying how much he hates J K Rowling for writing this book. I am really upset that I bought him this book and that the publishers have marketed this as a happy children’s Christmas story. It isn’t. It’s heartbreaking and disturbing. Do yourself a favour and don’t buy this book for your children.
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Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love holiday tales and stories of adjusting to divorce

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