Maybe Even Pigs: A Delightful Children's Book that Helps Kids Overcome their Fears

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We all have our likes and dislikes. We all have things that we love -- and things we find yucky. Take Jacob, for instance. He's the central character in Maybe Even Pigs, a new children's book from the creative pen of Ontario author Judy Woodhouse.

Jacob, it turns out, doesn't like pigs. Unfortunately, he and his family live on a farm -- and their barnyard is full of animals, pigs included. Jacob isn't particularly happy about all of that.

And now, Jacob needs an immunization shot before he starts school. His doctor's name is Dr. Ziggy -- and all Jacob can think of is that Dr. Ziggy rhymes with "piggy" and that's not good either. And so, young Jacob wants no part of the doctor's needle. He thinks Dr. Ziggy will be just as fearsome as those doggone barnyard piggies.

What follows, in the skilled hands of author Woodhouse, is a delightful life's lesson for Jacob. Dr. Ziggy turns out to be kind, warm and comforting. She talks to him about school and his family and his brothers and sisters -- and, next thing you know, in the blink of an eye, the doctor has finished her job. And Jacob hasn't felt a thing. What's next for Jacob? Well, if he can warm up to Dr. Ziggy, maybe he can learn to love the piggies.

Maybe Even Pigs is a delightful book for youngsters, beautifully illustrated by Ontario-based artist Robin Oakes, who frequently collaborates with author Woodhouse.

Woodhouse, an early childhood education graduate, has worked extensively with young children and currently serves on the board of directors for the Literacy Group of Waterloo Region in southern Ontario. She also enjoys working with different cultures and has established her own website --

Oakes teaches cartooning classes across Waterloo Region in schools, galleries and community centers. She also creates murals and fine art -- and particularly enjoys the art of caricature. She, too, has a website --

Maybe Even Pigs
By Judy Woodhouse
ISBN: 9780978424015


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