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A gentle, perceptive story about facing our fears, worries, and anxieties—and the power of a supportive friend
“I have something in my head and it is scaring me,” Pig said.
“What is it?” asked Horse.
“I can’t say. I’m trying to ignore it.”
Pig can’t stop thinking about something that is bothering her. Try as Horse might to get her mind off of it—with bike rides, swims, and silly hats—it's no use. But maybe if Pig shares the something with her friend, they can talk about it and figure out how to face the something together.
With charming illustrations, subtle whimsy, and a gentle approach to serious themes, Pig and Horse and the Something Scary acknowledges the fears and worries that children can feel in their bodies and minds. It encourages heartfelt conversations about emotional challenges, while also exploring the power of a supportive, caring friend.
About the Author
Zoey Abbott is the author-illustrator of the picture book I Do Not Like Yolanda and illustrator of several children’s books, including Over the Moon by James Proimos, Twindergarten by Nikki Ehrlich, and two books by Rachel Noble: Marty and Finn’s Feather. Her art is also featured in the anthology A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader, edited by Maria Popova and Claudia Bedrick. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, their two kids, and a big dog named Carrots.
"The protagonists are a model of supportive friendship, and there’s great appeal in the idea that dealing with darker emotions doesn’t require bravery as much as it does a smart plan and a good pal."
— Publishers Weekly
"Both animals, drawn standing upright with rosy cheeks, are appealing and accessible protagonists who evoke some of the great friendships of children’s literature. Gentle and effective."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Whether an endorsement for exposure therapy or a reassurance that fears are better handled with a friend over tea, this story has consolation to offer to the easily scared."
— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books