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Brian Calhoun

Little Joe Chickapig


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.


About the Author
A luthier and game-creator-turned-author, Brian Calhoun grew up in the countryside of Rockbridge County, Virginia. Calhoun relocated to Charlottesville in his early twenties and launched Rockbridge Guitar, an artisan business crafting high-end acoustic guitars for musicians, including Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, Brandi Carlile, Warren Haynes, and more. 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. Calhoun is currently developing a new game, 25 Outlaws, with his Chickapig partner, Dave Matthews.

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.