Project Description


Churchill’s Tale of Tails

by Anca Sandu

Churchill is a pig with a big personality who couldn’t be prouder of his perfect tail. Until one day it goes missing.

When Churchill the pig loses his precious tail, his friends help him hunt for a new one. But trying new tails is so much fun that soon Churchill has forgotten his friends completely. Can Churchill learn to put friendship first, and solve the mystery of his missing tail?

With expressive illustrations from the talented Anca Sandu, this charming story will keep readers laughing as they learn about the importance of valuing friendship.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-738-0
Publication Date: 3/1/2014
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-1/4″ x 9″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-782-3
Publication Date: 10/1/ 2016
Page Count: 32
Size: 11-1/4″ x 9″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 2.8
F&P: GRL M, Gr 2, Genre F
Lexile: AD420L
Themes: Friendship, Image, Self-Esteem
BISAC 1: JUV002200 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Pigs
BISAC 2: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship
BISAC 3: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories


“Debut author-illustrator Sandu has crafted a fine addition to the piggy picture-book canon. The silly cartoon illustrations of Churchill with his various tails are sure to make toddlers giggle. And the tale’s themes of individuality, identity and forgiveness are nicely presented. Hope for much more from Sandu.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“[Sandu] has a strong a sense of visual craft, and her compositional, character, and comic skills are equal to those of many veterans… The self-possessed Churchill, rendered as a soft peach biomorph with tiny eyes, is a wonderful creation…” ―Publishers Weekly

“Sandu’s debut effortlessly blends whimsy, adventure, a message of forgiveness, and irresistibly cute animals. Delightful details pack each page and will have young readers giggling long after the tale itself (tails themselves?) have lost their novelty.” ―Booklist

“A gentle pastel palette of digitally created scenes features the lightest touch of texture and shading of Churchill, his animal friends, and their surroundings… in this delightful dose of fantasy.” ―School Library Journal

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“Silly digital illustrations of Churchill sporting his array of tails accompany this whimsical story of vanity gone wild.” ―The Horn Book Guide

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Children’s Choices ―International Literacy Association, Children’s Book Council, 2015

South Carolina Picture Book Award (Nominee) ―South Carolina Association of School Librarians, 2015-2016

Best Spiritual Book of the Year List ―Spirituality and Practice, 2014

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Meet the Author/Illustrator

Anca Sandu was born in Romania and studied children’s illustration at Anglia Ruskin University, in Cambridge, England. She works as a freelance designer, and Churchill’s Tale of Tails was her first picture book. She lives in Oregon. You can visit here website here.