From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3-- The Pigs and the Boars are neighbors, but because of their very different personalities, they are not friends. Each couple has piglets at the same place and time. The young Pigs are characteristically more like the Boars and vice versa. Hospital tests verify that no accidental switch was made at birth. Finally the families discover that "Just because we're different doesn't mean we can't be friends." The subtle humor in this picture book may be over the heads of a young audience. For example, when Mrs. Pig declares her pigs are boars, Wild Bill Boar says that his are kind of boring, too. The title will also need to be explained to children. The cartoon illustrations, watercolor washes outlined in black, show contemporary pig families and their surroundings and are humorously drawn. The facial expressions are particularly funny. The moralizing is given enough levity so as not to be too preachy, but adults don't need it and children won't get it. --Kathleen Klenda Kaiser, El Cajon Public Library, Calif.
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About the Author
John Bianchi is a cartoonist, illustrator and author who divides his time between his studio in Arizona's Sonoran Desert, where he lives with his family, and Bungalo World Headquarters in eastern Ontario. A well-known magazine illustrator, he co-founded Bungalo Books in 1986 and has created 30 children's books to date.