Perfect Picture Book Friday – Business Pig

Welcome back to Perfect Picture Book Friday – the 2019 Edition! 🙂

I have an unusual (but fun) title to share with you today!

business pig

Title: Business Pig

Written & Illustrated By: Andrea Zuill

Sterling Children’s Books, September 4, 2018, fiction

Suitable For Ages: 3-7

Themes/Topics: fitting in/belonging, someone for everyone, being yourself

Opening: “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.”

Brief Synopsis: Jasper the pig is different from the other pigs – a suit-wearing, flow-chart-loving, genuine business pig.  The farm animals mostly accept him for who he is.  The trouble is, no one seems to want to adopt him.  It takes a special person to bond with this special pig.

Links To Resources: make your own business model for getting adopted – what are your good points? what are your skills? what makes you lovable and fun to have around? make a poster! 🙂 How To Make Piggy Cupcakes

Why I Like This Book: The premise of this book is familiar – someone longing to be accepted and find his place in the world – but the delivery is delightfully inventive.  Who would think of a business pig being born at an animal sanctuary? 🙂 Jasper applies his considerable business skills to the most important task of all – getting adopted – and proves in the end that there’s someone for everyone – you just have to look in the right place.  The girl who ends up adopting Jasper is perfect 🙂  The art is very engaging, somehow managing to make a pig in a business suit look irresistibly sweet and cute.  Although some kids might not engage with the whole business model, I think many kids will find the originality of this presentation fun and fresh.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂


38 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Business Pig

  1. viviankirkfield says:

    Wonderful story! Love the title! Thanks so much, Susanna, for providing this amazing platform for all of us and for all of the wonderful picture books.
    And it looks like Wendy and I are creating some nice buzz for HONEYSMOKE!

  2. Genevieve Petrillo says:

    I feel ya, Jasper. When they yanked me out of the high-kill shelter and stuck me at the weekend adoption event, I felt really different from all the noisy, aggressive doggies around me. Even without your smooth necktie, blazer, and coffee mug, I was in the same boat – out of place and misfitty. Mom took me out of the cage and put me back THREE TIMES before she realized we were perfect for each other. There’s a pot for every lid. I’m glad we found ours….

    Love and licks,

  3. authorlaurablog says:

    I really enjoyed this book too! My second-third graders did too! As a PB writer, one of the things I liked most about it was even though the story was simple and predictable, it was perfectly crafted with engaging illustrations. It made for a fun lesson about setting.

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