From the Author of

the Harry Potter Series

and The Ickabog



One boy and his toy are about to change everything...

A heartwarming, page-turning adventure about one child's love for his most treasured thing, and how far he will go to find it. A tale for the whole family to fall in love with, from one of the world’s greatest storytellers.


Jack loves his childhood toy, Dur Pig. DP has always been there for him, through good and bad. Until one Christmas Eve something terrible happens — DP is lost. But Christmas Eve is a night for miracles and lost causes, a night when all things can come to life... even toys. And Jack’s newest toy — the Christmas Pig (DP’s replacement) — has a daring plan: Together they’ll embark on a magical journey to seek something lost, and to save the best friend Jack has ever known...




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Jim Field Illustrations

17 black and white illustrations featured in the story!


Dur Pig, known as DP, is the best friend Jack has ever known… a small toy pig, with plastic beans in his tummy and trotters exactly the right size to wipe away a tear.


Have you ever wondered where Things go when you lose them? They go to the Land of the Lost. And Jack and the Christmas Pig will have to journey there if they want to save DP.

Learn How to Draw the Christmas Pig with Illustrator Jim Field

Q&A with Author J.K. Rowling

Was The Christmas Pig written for young children? 


There are definitely younger children who could read this alone, as well as older children. I’d love to think it could lead to interesting conversations between younger readers and adults who might be reading the book aloud to them, about the things we treasure, about how change and loss are inevitable parts of life, but that wonderful things can come out of them, all the same.



There are many classic stories which are set at Christmas-time. Is this setting important to you?


"I’ve always wanted to write a story,  so this is the realisation of a longstanding ambition! But it had to be the right story, and finally I found it."



If you had to describe the character Jack in three words, what would those three words be? How about The Christmas Pig?

"Jack is brave, loving and a little lost, though he finds himself through his adventure with the Christmas Pig, and I’d describe CP in exactly the same way."



How different was it plotting out the Harry Potter series? Is there any magic in The Christmas Pig?

"I’m a great planner and I knew exactly what was going to happen, and where, and how, before I started writing The Christmas Pig. The Christmas Pig is a magical story, but in a very different way to Harry Potter. You’re entering a world that runs according to its own peculiar magical laws, and there is magic around Christmas Eve, but there are no wands and wizards."



Are Jim Field’s illustrations as you pictured the characters and world in your head?

"Jim’s illustrations are simply perfect. It really is as though he got inside my head and drew what he saw there! I gasped out loud when I saw one particular illustration (I can’t say which it is without giving spoilers), because it  was such a perfect representation of one of my favourite scenes."



How did you work with Jim and did you enjoy it?

"Jim and I worked through my editor, Ruth, who sent me Jim’s rough drawings and passed my feedback to Jim. As he was getting everything pretty much spot on the first time he drew it, most of my comments consisted of expressions of delight! I loved working with him. He really was the perfect illustrator for the project."



Where did you write the story?

"I wrote most of the story in my writing room in the garden, but I remember mapping out the Land of the Lost while our family was on holiday. My children were playing on the beach and I was huddled beneath a sunshade, drawing maps and thinking through the logistics of the world."

About J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is the author of the seven Harry Potter books, which have sold over 500 million copies, been translated into over 80 languages, and made into eight blockbuster films. She has also written three companion volumes for charity, including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which became the inspiration for a new series of films. She continued Harry’s story as a grown-up in a stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which she wrote with playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany. J.K. Rowling also writes bestselling detective novels for adults under the name Robert Galbraith. In 2020, she returned to publishing for children with the fairy tale The Ickabog, donating all her royalties to her charitable trust, Volant, to help vulnerable groups affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. 


J.K. Rowling has received many awards and honors for her writing. She also supports a number of causes through Volant, and is the founder of the international children’s care reform charity Lumos. She lives in Scotland with her family.

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About the Illustrator


Jim Field is an award-winning illustrator, character designer, and animation director. He has worked on a wide variety of projects, from music videos and title sequences to advertising and books.


His first picture book, Cats Ahoy!, won the Booktrust Roald Dahl Funny Prize and was nominated for the Kate Greenaway award. Since then he has illustrated a string of bestselling, multi-award-winning children's books, including Frog on a Log? and The Lion Inside, as well as young fiction series Rabbit & Bear, middle-grade novels by David Baddiel, and his debut author-illustrator picture book Monsieur Roscoe On Vacation, a bilingual book that introduces first French words. He grew up in Farnborough, UK, worked in London, and now lives in Paris with his wife and young daughter.