Jules Older, author
When Jules Older isn't skiing or snowmobiling, he's writing children's books. His books include Pig, COW and Ice Cream. He lives in San Francisco, California.
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Lyn Severance, illustrator
Lyn Severance previously collaborated with Jules on Ice Cream, COW, and Ben and Jerry's The Real Scoop! You may also recognize her art from Ben and Jerry's containers- she originated their "look." Lyn lives in Vermont with her family.
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This zippier alternative to Gail Gibbons's Pigs (1999) surrounds similarly simple, brightly colored cartoon portraits of side-posing porkers with labels, maps, snippets of fact ("Denmark has more pigs than people!"), and exclamation points. Older never quite gets around to explaining the common fate of all those farm pigs, but he does present a general view of their habits and predilections (i.e., food, mud, having their backs scratched), points out physical differences between common breeds, provides a bit of ig-pay atin-lay actice-pray, and closes with both a tally of renowned pigs and a helpful Web site. Another decidedly un-boaring look at livestock from the creators of COW.
The team behind COW and Ice Cream porks out with PIG. Cartoonish panel and full-page illustrations of assorted swine from across the globe and a multitude of facts snappily delivered provide enough fun to keep readers in hog heaven. Just remember, "If you want to impress a farmer, don't say 'When will your sow have babies?' Say, 'When will your sow farrow?'"
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Page count: 32
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