This is not Charlotte's Web. I knew that, and was not at all surprised when the pig died. I was, none the less, disappointed. It was bad enough the pig had to die, why did the dad? I enjoyed the first chapter or two, when Rob saved the cow and her calfs, but I honestly didn't care about the characters, the story wasn't particularly interesting, add some of the gory, bloody scenes... I understand that running a farm, and particularly a pig farm is bloody and gory, but I really don't want to read about it in a (supposed) kid's book.