The Pig War: Or How a Porcine Tragedy Taught Two Great Nations to Share

Coming in fall 2020, this humor-filled nonfiction picture book, beautifully illustrated by award-winning illustrator Alison Jay, describes what is likely the most unusual military conflict in American history. In 1859, in the Pacific Northwest, San Juan Island lay smack on the border between American and British territories. Who would claim it? This is the tale of how two giant nations almost went to war over a pig in a potato field–and instead decided to share.

From Boyds Mills Press/Calkins Creek. Fall 2020. Illustrations by Alison Jay.