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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Pete the Pig Gets Picked On by Lindsey Luckey is a children's book that extols the virtues of being different through the story's main character, Pete the Pig. Unlike all of the other pigs on Farmer John's farm, Pete has an extremely heightened sense of smell. As such, he is unable to do any of the standard things that pigs do. Forget eating slop and rolling around in the mud—Pete won't even go in the pen! The other pigs continually put Pete down for this, refusing to listen to him even when he tells them that Farmer John doesn't have the money to keep the farm running. When everything is sold off and all hope is lost, Pete goes to say goodbye to his favorite tree in the forest and discovers how special his special nose really is.
Pete the Pig Gets Picked On is a sweet story that takes the classic theme of being different and cleverly adds a modern twist. The illustrations are simple and the text (for the most part) is rhythmic in how it's written. I love, love, loved the turn the story takes and Pete's forest discovery. I found it to be creative and timely. This may just be the new, modern-day version of the adage about judging the value of something by its size, both with regard to the value of Pete's discovery and the value of Pete himself as a resident of Farmer John's farm. Hopefully, Pete has now received a clean and comfortable place to sleep on the farm...much like the cozy rooms of the children who will surely enjoy this tale as a bedtime story.