Published by Balzer + Bray
Summary: Pip considers herself a pretty normal pig. She likes doing art, hanging out with her family, and dreaming about what she might do when she grows up. Then one day a new pig comes to school–you know the type–and starts making fun of Pip’s lunch and art. When she asks if Pip’s mother (who is gray, unlike the other pink pigs) is her babysitter, Pip has had enough. She goes home and demands a “normal” lunch. Her parents’ wise response is to take her to the city the next weekend, where she sees pigs of many different colors, speaking a variety of languages, and eating all sorts of food. When Pip calls the food “weird”, another pig responds, “Maybe it’s weird for you, but not for me. I like it.” Pip tries this line out the next week in school, and soon even the new pig wants to trade lunches. By the final page, Pip is back to feeling “pretty normal” once again. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: A great be-yourself message that may give kids some ideas about how to deal with those who think that being different is somehow uncool.
Cons: The new pig appears extra big on one page, but not on any of the others, which slightly confused me the first time I read the book.