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Bianchi, John.

Newburgh (Ont.), Bungalo Books. 1988. unpaged, paper, ISBN O-921285-14-0 (cloth) $12.95, 0-921285-12-4 (paper) $4.95. Distributed by Firefly Books. CIP

Ages 5 to 8
Reviewed by Hazel Birt

Volume 17 Number 1
1989 January

John Bianchi's latest children's book is a wildly zany story on the old baby switch story-line.
"Yes!" shouted Mrs. Pig. "Our pigs are boars."
"Gee, can a hospital fix that?" asked Wild Bill. "Our kids are kind of boring too."

Young children will enjoy the humour of the Wild Boars' baseball landing in the sedate neighbour's parfait and the antics of the little pigs. Older children and adults will appreciate the subtle humour of a yuppy couple and their boar neighbours preparing for the birth of their children. The babies are born healthy despite widely varying pre-natal care.

Swine Snafu is suitable for elementary children, although it could conceivably also be used in psychology and sociology classes for discussion or assignments on life-styles and prejudices.

The illustrations in loose line and wash are humorous and effective. John Bianchi also illustrates non-fiction and shared the New York Academy of Science Juvenile Book Award for Exploring the Night Sky.* The dictionary defines snafu as "chaotic and utter confusion," which is certainly true of John Bianchi's latest children's story.

Hazel Birt, Winnipeg, Man.

*Reviewed vol. XVI/2 March 1988, p.61.
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