Rupert by Russ Hughes and KayeC Jones

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

It’s time for Rupert the pig to grow up and take up the family trade. Suddenly he realizes the family trade isn’t something he wants and he leaves home on a quest to find what he wants to do with his life.

He bravely steps out into the unknown determined to experience new things and to meet new people while he tries to find a path.

Then something happens to make him realize one of the most important lessons in life: you have to be true to yourself in order to be happy.


In Rupert, children are inspired to never give up on their dreams and to never settle for less than they are; even if that means giving up everything you know.

Rupert is a little pig born in a wealthy family with dreams that rebel against the family trade. When it comes time for him to begin his work, he bravely steps up and decides to try new things before settling down for something he really doesn’t care for just to please his parents. Though this may cause children to want to go against their parents expectations for them (depending on their personalities), I think it more accurately encourages them to find their independence and steer them away from becoming a people pleaser. The story encourages the readers to try new things in order to gain experience, but yet also reminds us to be ourselves no matter what.

The pictures are well-done and the story is clear, with plenty of new words to expand the children’s vocabulary. Though the words are written in a rhythmic way, I found a few of the lines to be a little choppy but I don’t think this would make a difference to the child audience.

Overall, Rupert accomplishes just what it wants to and I think it would make a great addition to the child’s beginning library. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Rated: * * * *