All About Luna The Moon Pig – The Pig Who Hid.
A Family Tale of Caring, Sharing, Rejection, Hope, Fun, Adventure, Happiness, Sadness, Love, Magic and Self Discovery.
Dedicated to Families of Piggies and People Worldwide
Luna Moon Pig is the cutest of pigs, with a moon face, chocolate-drop eyes, and the wiggliest of tails. The Millers adopt her, and give her to their daughter, Maria. But Moon Pig longs for her freedom, and she soon escapes! A friendly cardinal bird, and a wise owl accompany her on her adventure – a magical journey to a wild wood, and beyond. When Luna returns to her surrogate family, something is different! How has she changed? Who did she meet? She has made a discovery, and has a new philosophy about life! What she knows now will change her life, for good! This is a fairy tale for all ages, that tells of a kind of magic – the magic of self-belief!
Luna The Moon Pig – a fairy-tale that came from real life!
One day, author Suzy Davies was standing on the back porch step in the back yard of her house in Florida, taking in the evening sunset, when she saw a little black animal creep out from under the bushes! At first, Suzy thought it was one of the cats who lived in the neighborhood. But this animal did not move like a cat. It kept its nose to the ground, and rustled through leaves. It didn’t sound like a cat, either. It made a squeaking sound!
Suzy slowly approached the small animal, and to her surprise, it was a piggy! Sure enough, this little piggy was very shy, and when she saw Suzy, off she trotted!
That same evening, Suzy put out lettuce and water for the her. She tried to make sure the piggy was fed and watered. The piggy was sighted for several days and nights. Suzy took notes as she observed her antics from the back window. Very quickly, Suzy came to realize that this cute shy piggy was a nocturnal animal. She liked to hide away from people, under the cover of the dark. Little did the piggy know how visible she was under the light of the Harvest Moon! At last, the runaway piggy was captured by a neighbour and returned to her owners to make a real life fairy-tale ending. Suzy could never forget the little piggy. “Ah, Luna,….” Suzy thought, and the name fitted the lovable piggy very well.
Suzy knew she had the seed of an idea for a children’s book, and she set to work. When the first draft of her story was complete, she wondered who might be the best illustrator for her Luna piggy tale.
One person – and one person only – came to mind, Sheila Graber, the award-winning world-acclaimed animator for “Paddington Bear” and animator/illustrator for Kipling’s “Just So” stories, who Suzy knew had an empathy for animals and animal tales. Suzy sent off an email to Sheila just to ask Sheila what she thought of her story. Suzy hoped Sheila would enjoy it, and enjoy it – Sheila did!
Author and illustrator decided to collaborate on Luna’s story “just for fun” and fully immersed themselves, day by day, in the creation of a book. Sheila enlisted the help of a real family to act as models for The Millers in her stunning rotoscoped cartoon-style drawings based on reality, which range from Whimsical to Wonderful!
Sheila also dreamed up a special name – Moonwishes Magic – for Suzy’s notion of making wishes under the light of a glowing moon. This magic seemed to touch everything the two collaborators did together, with text and images falling into place to make this enchanting tale a dream come true!
Sheila read Luna The Moon Pig aloud to 6 year old Henry, who enjoyed the book so much that Sheila and Suzy decided this piggy tale was a tale to be shared. And here it is for everyone – children and adults – to enjoy!
A delightful, charming and very enjoyable story!
By Piaras on January 7, 2018 (Emerald Book Reviews)
This is wonderful book for the young reader. I read it with my grandkids and they loved not only the story, but also the illustrations (by Sheila Graber). I thought the text and illustrations worked very well together. This is an endearing but significant story that communicates important life lessons, and teaches children about accepting others and having self-worth. It will encourage children to believe in themselves and inspire them to follow their dreams.
Author Suzy Davies writes in a wonderful soothing style that guarantees the attention of young minds. If you ever wanted to bond even more with your children or grandchildren, this would be a lovely read to share with them.
It seems to me that this book was created with a lot of love and joy and it’s obvious that the author really enjoys creating such wonderful stories. Thank you for sharing with us the gift that you have obviously worked so hard to refine. We’ll be looking forward to seeing what’s coming next. A well-deserved five stars from us.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Suzy Davies is the author of the newly-launched story: “Luna The Moon Pig: The Pig Who Hid,” a fun new Children’s Picture Book that tells a tale of MUD, Mystery, MOONWISHES MAGIC, and the power of SELF-BELIEF!
It is illustrated by award-winning world-acclaimed illustrator and animator, Sheila Graber, famed for her work with Paddington Bear and family, Children’s T.V, and her illustration and animation of Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So” stories.
Suzy Davies was born in August 1957 at Battle Hospital in Reading, England, and grew up in Aberystwyth, Wales, and in Southwell, and Nuneaton, in England.
She attended Nuneaton High School for Girls and enjoyed a varied career before she went to Leicester University, where she achieved an Upper Second Honours Degree in Applied Sociology. She then earned a Teaching Certificate with Credit in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Trinity College, London, and spent time abroad in The Czech Republic and South Korea, before returning to her native England, where she read English Literature as a postgraduate at The University of Sussex, and gained her Masters Degree. She has over ten years’ experience as a teacher of English, E.S.O.L, Literacy, Learning Support and Key Skills, including a Lead Teacher Role, and a role where she taught nursery nurses and teachers, helping them to compile portfolios on Child Development. She has also worked with children from care homes and convicts on day release for The Princes Trust, teaching Literacy and Skills for The Workplace, to help them turn their lives around with the skills needed to build a new life for themselves.
While Suzy was in South Korea, she wrote her first novel, “Johari’s Window,” and she carried her manuscript “home” through customs at Seoul and Heathrow airports. This book was published in September 2014 by SilverWood Publishing.
In 2015, Suzy was walking along the beach at Southbourne-On-Sea, in the Bournemouth area of England, where she lived, when she sighted a magnificent polar bear, etched into The Needles on The Isle of Wight, across the ocean. This magnificent bear gave Suzy the idea for a Children’s Book, “Snugs The Snow Bear,” which was published by Snow Leopard Publishing in December 2016.
Suzy’s Children’s Picture Book – “Luna The Moon Pig, The Pig Who Hid,” illustrated by award-winning world-acclaimed illustrator and animator, Sheila Graber, has a Christmas Launch on 9th December 2017!
Suzy is a regular author contributor to The Young Writers’ Newsletter and The Writers’ Newsletter. She is also a Book Reviewer, a Certified Life Coach, (C.P.C.A.B) and Writing Mentor.
When Suzy is not reading, writing, reviewing or mentoring, she likes to commune with nature, go on beach walks, go boating, visit restaurants, and go to music gigs. She is also a big fan of ice shows and musical theatre.