What’s a proud piggy to do when his tail goes missing?
Churchill had one thing that he prized above all else: his tail. But one morning, he can’t find it. He looks everywhere, but he can’t find his squiggly tail. He just doesn’t feel like himself without it, so he goes to Zebra, who gives him a zebra tail. He likes it well enough, but he decides he needs to try other tails. Peacock’s makes Churchill feel beautiful. With the tail from a fish, he can suddenly swim like never before. He tries tails that make him feel snappy (alligator) and big (elephant) and fierce (tiger). But his fascination with tails causes him to ignore his friends. One night, Churchill sees the shadow of what he thinks is a fearsome creature, but it’s just a small bird…with a pig’s tail—his tail—on his head. With his tail returned, Churchill feels like himself again, and he throws a party to apologize to his neglected friends. Debut author-illustrator Sandu has crafted a fine addition to the piggy picture-book canon. The silly cartoon illustrations of Churchill with his various tails are sure to make toddlers giggle. And the tale’s themes of individuality, identity and forgiveness are nicely presented.
Hope for much more from Sandu. (Picture book. 3-8)