Hollerbrook Books Presents:
Pete the Hungry Pig
Pete the Hungry Pig
by Sue Wambolt
Illustrated by Havilah Racette
In the east of Kentucky is a small rural farm
with animals and gardens and quaint country charm.
The newest animal in the barn is a pig named Pete
who wants nothing more than to eat and to eat!
It started with his feed bag but then he kept going.
Every day Pete’s appetite kept growing and growing!
If he can’t stop eating, what will happen to the farm?
Could a hungry little pig really do that much harm?
From the Author:
Pete the Hungry Pig was written in 1993 – 26 years ago! After the story was written I printed it out and was not sure what I was going to do with it. In the year that followed, I lost a baby in my third trimester, my mother passed away at the young age of 59 and then we lost our home in a fire. It was a tough year and Pete the Hungry Pig was lost in the shuffle – literally. For many, many years it was forgotten about as another baby entered our family and life with four little children was very busy. A few years ago I began to wonder what ever happened to the story and looked all through the basement to see if I could find it (the computer it was written on no longer existed and there was just the one laminated copy). I was unable to find it and assumed that it must have been lost in the fire. Last year, while cleaning out an old file cabinet I inadvertently came across the long lost Pete the Hungry Pig story! Now, 26 years later, my children have grown up and I have seven (almost 9) wonderful grandchildren. It was obvious to me that the story had to be brought to life for my grandchildren and all of the other children out there who have vivid imaginations and a love for good fun!
About the Author:
I am a mother of four and a grandmother to seven. From my early years as a babysitter to my later years as a teacher (I have a degree in early childhood education) and then a mother and, most recently, a grandmother, children have forever held a dear and precious place in my heart. I am shy by nature and public speaking is not my forte. Writing has always been the way that I best and most comfortably expressed myself. It seems only natural and fitting that I combine my love for children (and reading to them) with my love for writing to pen a children’s book. Life these days has revolved around the seven little ones who are truly the inspiration for getting this book to a publisher (see earlier post about the original manuscript from 1993). When I am not spending time with my family, I can often be found with my camera looking for something or someone to photograph. I love crafting and scrapbooking and going on long car rides through back country roads (preferably with my camera). I am also an HGTV enthusiast and love farmhouse decor – the thought of covering the inside of Pete’s barn in shiplap definitely crossed my mind! Suffice to say that I live a simple life with the people I love and a great day involves visits with any or all of the seven little loves in the picture.
About the Illustrator:
As a child, life is full of everything wonderful and new. To me, it was about how I could take those things and make them into pictures. Every adventure became an opportunity to draw something new. It was playing outdoors or reading library books – though more through following the illustrations than reading the words. I wrote small stories just to put all the cute animals in my imagination onto paper. My school notes were completely covered front to back with little cartoons and when I discovered at the age of twelve that I could go to college for artwork, I was ecstatic. I received my bachelors degree in Illustration at Framingham State University and couldn’t have loved it any more. I was getting to spend hours and hours upon end doing what I loved. My husband and I met and started a family soon after. Life was hectic, but I found joy and rest in spending a few hours here and there on a kitchen table or on the floor in our 600 square foot apartment developing new ideas from the inspiration of watching my little one explore. We gave up a lot during those first few years of starting a family, adding two others to the bunch, but artwork always seemed to find its place among the burp cloths and potty training. With every new adventure of turning over an old stone to find a salamander or climbing a tree to know what it feels like to be a bird, together, we paint, doodle and scribble our imaginations onto paper to produce the beautiful beginnings off new stories for others to enjoy. I believe in working hard for the things we love.
About Hollerbrook Farm:
In 1987 when my oldest son was almost a year old my husband and I thought that it would be fun to purchase land in Greenfield, New Hampshire, and build a small home there. We had dreams of starting a hydroponics farm (a subset of hydroculture, which is a method of growing plants without soil by instead using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent). We cleared the land and even had two greenhouses put on the property for this purpose. In the first few years that we owned the property we camped there a handful of times. As we sat by the campfire at night we talked about what we would name our farm. Dozens of names passed our lips as we sat there as two twenty-five year olds with dreams as big as the starry sky. We settled on Hollerbrook Farm as our property sat in a holler (a small valley between mountains) and there was a babbling brook which flowed through the property, winding its way through the trees from one end to the other. We never ended up building on the land – life took us a different direction as it has a way of doing sometimes – but the name remained a symbol of our dream. Today, Hollerbrook Builders is the name of my husband’s company and the sign in this picture hangs over the fence by our garage – welcoming visitors and reminding us on a daily basis to always chase our dreams. Life may change the course of these dreams, but the chase keeps us looking forward – to always set our gaze on things unseen. When I began writing Pete the Hungry Pig in 1993 it made perfect sense to use Hollerbrook Farm as the backdrop for the story. And, as a way to honor the vision and dream of Hollerbrook Farm, you will see this sign on the cover of all of the future Hollerbrook Farm stories…inviting readers into life on a rural farm. Perhaps it is what life might have looked like today had we ended up building on our property.