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Summary

Unlikely pig owners Steve and Derek got a whole lot more than they bargained for when the designer micropiglet they adopted turned out to be a full-sized 600-pound sow! In the best-selling tradition of pet memoirs such as Oogy, Dewey, and Giant George, the story of Esther the Wonder Pig shows how families really do come in all shapes and sizes.

In the summer of 2012, Steve Jenkins was contacted by an old friend about adopting a micropiglet. Though he knew his partner, Derek, wouldn't be enthusiastic, he agreed to take the adorable little pig anyway, thinking he could care for her himself. Little did he know, that decision would change his and Derek's lives forever.

It turned out there was nothing "micro" about Esther, and Steve and Derek had actually signed on to raise a full-size commercial pig. Within three years tiny Esther grew to a whopping 600 pounds. After some real growing pains and a lot of pig-size messes, it became clear that Esther needed much more space, so Steve and Derek made another life-changing decision: They bought a farm and opened the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, where they could care for Esther and other animals in need.

Funny, heartwarming, and utterly charming, Esther the Wonder Pig follows Steve and Derek's adventure - from reluctant pig parents to farm-owning advocates for animals.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter, Caprice Crane (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"An inspirational, enjoyable read, especially for animal lovers." ( Booklist)
"Funny, moving, and heartwarming. The greatest love story ever told between two men and their pig. " (Ricky Gervais)
"First, Jenkins and Walter opened their hearts to one very special pig, and now they are opening their doors and letting us in, too. Esther the Wonder Pig is a tender, funny story that manages to sneak up behind you when you're least expecting it and change your life. Be prepared to fall in love-with a pig." (Jasmin Singer, author of Always Too Much and Never Enough: A Memoir and cohost of Our Hen House)

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Inspirational story.

Long may you be happy and full of love Esther and (ever growing) family. Oh and full of watermelon too. ❤️

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So heartwarming x

Couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. But I'm so glad I got the audio book version, Listening to Steve saying his,Derek and Esther's story just makes it even more special than it is x

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this will change hearts and minds

the audio version became available whilst I was awaiting my hard copy of the book to arrive in the UK. not my usual format but heck I wanted the whole story. LOVE this story - it has changed my whole world. Esther found her voice through her Dads and their gentle and often hair-raising story is one we can all learn from. unconditional love and respect for all nature.

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Wonderful!

What did you like most about Esther the Wonder Pig?

I bought the book because I love Esther and wanted to support the work of her dads. I wasn't expecting it to be an amazing book, but it is the first book I have ever had on audible that I listened to the whole of in one sitting :) made me so happy, thank you!

What about Steve Jenkins’s performance did you like?

Fantastic narrator- it is so important and he did a great job.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The tangible distress of the urine-soaked house and the sobbing dads scrubbing the basement. That moment lead them to true happiness.

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  • Jill
  • 13-06-16

Best recipe of love on sad day...

I listened the the last two hours of this book while on a hike in the early morning of Sunday, June 12th. I marveled at the profound love that Derek and Steve have not only for each other but for Esther and all the other animals in their lives. I laughed, I cried, I hit rewind to hear parts again. It's the best love story ever.

Then I got in my car and turned on NPR and heard the horrifying news of the mass shooting in Orlando. The love radiating from Steve, Derek and Esther has carried me through. This is the best book in my library. I give it DOUBLE five stars in all categories. ❤️❤️❤️

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  • SHARYN
  • 11-06-16

BEST BOOK EVER ❤

This book is a MUST read!!!
This book will change your way of thinking about ALL farm animals! EVERY animal IS Esther & deserves to live a beautiful life free of harm.
We love you Esther, Steve & Derek ❤🐽

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  • jw27
  • 14-04-18

Awesome book

I love it it an was amazing book I love you Esther I love you

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-02-18

Awesome and inspiring story!

I love Esther the wonder pig and her dads. Derek and Steve are amazing and kind hearted souls. Their story is amazing and inspiring!

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  • Elizabeth
  • 13-02-18

Pigastic book!

Where does Esther the Wonder Pig rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Esther the Wonder Pig is ranked in my top 5 favorite books!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Esther the Wonder Pig?

When Steve saw Esther for the first time.

Have you listened to any of Steve Jenkins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I have not, but I can imagine that he does a great job like he did with this book!

If you could give Esther the Wonder Pig a new subtitle, what would it be?

I would say "Queen Esther the oinking pink"

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  • Laura Roberts
  • 15-01-18

Esther. this is why we 💘 you and dads. thanks

this book is incredible..thanks dads for being who you are and Esther thanks for helping to change the world

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  • Karol Leslie
  • 25-07-17

You will laugh and you will cry

Loved this book and finished it in a day. Parts made me laugh and parts made me cry. Overall a fun book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-07-17

Heartwarming! There is no greater love !

I love Steve's account of life with Esther. There is no greater love. God bkess you and Derrick for all you do!

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  • Ky
  • 14-06-17

Incredible!!!

I've followed Esther for a very long time keeping up to date on her activity as best I can. This book was incredibly well written and read. Light hearted humour, great descriptions, you feel like you can see every situation explained. This book is a must read!! ❤️❤️

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-05-17

Touching, humorous story

Very sweet book full of funny, heartfelt moments, and makes you reconsider your food and where it comes from. Would recommend!