A perfect read that never gets old is Little Joe Chickapig by Brian Calhoun. This delightful picture book is all about hope, inspiration, and following your dreams. Little Joe Chickapig is inspired by the award-winning strategic board game Chickapig, which won accolades such as the 2019 National Parenting Product Award and a nomination for the 2019 Toy Association Specialty Toy of the Year Award, and was included on the “Recommended by Mensa Mind Games” list! Chickapiglets, a matching game of animal hybrids designed for younger children, was released in 2019.
This book has been selected as the NATIONAL Barnes & Nobel Storytime book for Saturday, April 4th at 11:00 am (local time at 630+ store locations). #BNStorytime
A story about following your dreams from Brian Calhoun, creator of the popular Chickapig Board Game.
The chickapig farm was all that he knew,
With its crops and fields, and cows that poo’d
And birds, and bees, and horses and goats.
Why was he dreaming of castles and moats?
Little Joe Chickapig wants to be just like his adventurous grandpa. But how did the old chickapig hero do it? Find out in this fun, original story by Brian Calhoun, creator of the popular Chickapig Board Game.
Check out the cute book trailer below!
Brian Calhoun is a well-respected custom guitar maker, having made custom guitars for the likes of Dave Matthews, Brandi Carlile, Keith Urban, Ray LaMontagne, and Jason Mraz. Brian Calhoun grew up in the countryside of Rockbridge County, Virginia. Calhoun relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia, in his early twenties and launched Rockbridge Guitar. After playing a board game he deemed boring, Calhoun came up with the idea for the Chickapig game in 2013. Calhoun had always thought of writing children’s books, and the characters from the game seeded the idea for his first book, Little Joe Chickapig.
Animator and illustrator Pat Bradley was born in Baldwinsville, New York, where he discovered his love of drawing at an early age. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and began his career at the Field Museum of Chicago. His educational animations have won national industry awards for their creativity, humor, and ability to make complex subjects understandable. Pat established his own company, Springshoe Animation, in 2010. Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, he partners with museums, advertising agencies, authors, and anyone else in need of visual storytelling expertise.
This book makes for an great read for the preschool aged crowd and would be especially great for Spring and Easter baskets. Little ones will delight in the adorable looking Chickapig and then they will happily grasp the story as Chickapig discovers that it is okay be nervous to set out to follow his dreams like so many before him. The Chickapig brand has been featured on NPR, Extra, People, Forbes, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and more! Little Joe Chickapig is now nationally available online and at brick-and-mortar bookstores.