Title: Business Pig
Author & Illustrator: Andrea Zuill
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books, 2018
Themes: pigs, business, jobs, adoption, animal sanctuary, being different
One Morning at the Sunshine Sanctuary for farm Animals, Jelly Bean the sow gave birth to a litter of piglets. Right away the volunteers noticed something unusual.
Right from the start, everyone at the barnyard could tell Jasper wasn’t like his siblings: “I believe what we have here is a gen-u-WINE Business Pig!” No wallowing in the mud or rooting for grubs for Jasper; he’d rather help with the bookkeeping or conduct a meeting. Though everyone at the animal sanctuary loves him, Jasper longs for a forever home. But no matter how many business cards he hands out, no one wants to adopt him. Can this above-average pig find his special person to cut deals with?
Why I like this book:
Go on, tell me another picture book about a business pig. Right?! Darn, but that title just sucks you in with originality and this story so does NOT disappoint. Yes it is an evergreen tale about being different and finding someone else different to love you. But, what a stinkly original way of doing it. I laughed my way through the flow charts, and business plan right through to the pet contract at the end. I love how supportive all try to be but in the end it is Jasper himself who has to take the plan into his own trotters, which he does with all the business acumen he can muster.
Jasper is totally cute in his black suit with his exec. coffee cup and morning minutes! Zuill uses expression, quirk and Business Pig’s diminutive size to render the reader instantly in love with this piglet. It scores a ten on the charm scale.
I would have the kids draw pictures of pigs in different work gear… baseball pig, florist pig, nurse pig, lumberjack pig…
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