Liam is just like any other little piglet, with one important difference: he doesn’t want to be a pig when he grows up, he wants to be the Easter Bunny. Liam’s down-to-earth siblings have no sympathy for his ambitions, and simply tell him to “deal with it.” His parents offer their loving support but stop short of encouraging his bunny fixation, telling him instead that he’s a “terrific piglet.”
Despite his family’s lack of cooperation, Liam spends his days practising the fine art of being the Easter Bunny – hopping, salad-eating, and, of course, delivering eggs – with mixed results. When Liam’s entirely practical grandmother arrives on the scene, she hops to it and gets Liam suited up. Wearing his brand-new bunny costume (ordered off the Internet, no less), Liam finally gets to see himself the way he wants to be seen.
U.S. author Rachel Vail does a great job with this story of a little pig with a keen sense of identity and a family that catches up to him along the way. Preschoolers and the early primary set will love Liam’s determination and understand his commitment to pretending. Really, he’s not unlike any child who insists on wearing a princess dress or superhero cape for days at a time. The story is built around dialogue using simple language, which keeps it engaging and age-appropriate.
Toronto-based illustrator Jeremy Tankard (of Grumpy Bird fame) makes good use of brightly coloured backgrounds, and his thick brushstrokes give the pictures a kind of junior Manga feel. It’s a clean, gestural style that manages to be both cute and kinetic, and serves to increase the appeal of an already appealing little book.