Do you remember the nursery rhyme, "This little piggy went to market?" Well the little piggy I am going to introduce to you today did go to market... literally.... he markets himself on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter and becomes an overnight sensation. I want you to meet Chris P. Bacon and his owner Dr. Len Lucerno. I know you will be inspired by their story...
Authored by Len Lucerno and Kristina Tracy
Illustrated by Penny Weber
Ages 2+ and beyond
Unwrapping some illustrations for you...
Isn't that just the cutest face ever? He's in birthday-cake heaven. The illustrations are bold, colourful, charged with emotion and action, and extremely kid-friendly. I love all the detail and busyness that captures the momentum of the story and that makes the reader feel he is in the scene not just a by-stander looking at it from afar.
About the book...
Chris P. Bacon is a modern-day hero. The poor little guy is born physically challenged and is taken to the local veterinarian to be euthanized by his owners. When the vet looks into his eyes, he smiles and claims the little malformed piggy for his very own. The vet just senses in his heart that Chris P. Bacon is one-of-a-kind, unique, and very special.
Dr. Len Lucerno and his family lovingly care for the tiny piglet. The doctor then comes up with a brilliant contraption to launch that tiny fellow into the world of mobility. He takes pieces from his son's K-Nex set, tweaks them, and creates a wheelchair so his newly adoptee can actually move safely around, play happily and experience a much better quality of life.
Within a matter of a few weeks Chris P. Bacon is the darling of social media gaining rock-star status. All over the world he inspires people with his courage, his ingenuity and his amazing loving heart. Do you know what else he morphs into? He becomes a famous author! He can now hoof-it around his world and spin piggy tales too. Magic!
In this fabulous third book he is celebrating his birthday. Like every two year old on the planet he is excited because this day will be all about him. Chris's exuberance spills over to his farm animal friends who can't wait for his party to begin. Not only are they invited to his soirée but he welcomes his human friends as well. So, if you are human... and I think you qualify...guess what? YOU are invited to his birthday bash too!
Lucero, who lives on a farm in central Florida, brought the little pig home to his wife, two kids and menagerie of animals.
The animal's official name became 'Chris P. Bacon' but informally, they called him 'Piggy' Lucero's kids loved him and snapped photos.
The family dog, a black and white Australian Shepherd, became his protector.
The doctor wondered how he could help the pig move easier and considered a set of wheels attached to a harness, similar to what some lame dogs use.
Kristina Tracy is having a great time working on children’s books with Wayne and Doreen. When she is not writing or being a mom, she loves gardening, horseback riding, and rearranging the furniture in her house. She may also be found at the counter at Starbucks pondering the infinite possibilities!
Read on and read always!
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