Authors' note: -- The story of Whistle Pig, a book by Chris Fafalios of the band Punchline and his good buddy Tony Hartman
Chris and I describe Whistle Pig as “a children’s book for people who used to be children”. I think this is as accurate a way to describe the book as it is a very cool sounding/looking sentence. We started writing Whistle Pig as a way to join creative forces on a tangible product, the way we had on several Youtube projects for Chris’s band Punchline and our own cartoon series “Texas Toast” over throughout 2006 and 2007. We decided a book would be a great outlet for such silliness. We wanted it to be in “children’s book” style, the way books by the likes of Shel Silverstein and Roald Dahl were, while having content and situations we have found funny from our youth to where we are now: hangin’ out in our mid-twenties.
The book has poems about things both children and adults love: wrestlers, punk bands, gnomes, heroic uncles and several other topics. It has essays about funny events from our childhood that people will either relate to or feel refreshed they were never in the same position. And being as how the book is called Whistle Pig, you can bet there’s some fables in it as well.
The title “Whistle Pig” comes from the street slang (or field slang, which may be more appropriate since it refers to an animal) for Groundhog. My roommate Matt and I discovered this one night while looking at information on Groundhogs on wikipedia (which I’m sure everyone has done with their roommates at some point). When Chris and I first started writing a children’s book for people who used to be children, the first poem written was called “Oh, Whistle Pig”, and it’s intended to be an awkward tale about an Englishman who has done much with his life, but has never seen a whistle pig climb a tree (as their wikipedia page insists they can until they get “too big”). The closing poem is about an aging whistle pig that overcomes his fear of being too big to climb a tree so he can live to see his beautiful rabbit wife he was brave enough to pursue in the first place. Sounds like a pretty good message to me.
Whistle Pig is now available at www.whistlepigbook.com. You can check plenty of info on the book itself, blogs and other fun things. We will be adding more readings and song-versions of the poems over the next few months. For now, check out “that first kiss” as rapped by Chris Fafalios and one of our first celebrity readings from Whistle Pig: director/comedian David Wain (Role Models, Wet Hot American Summer, The Ten) reads “Pregnant Guys”. --
Below, find the cover of Whistle Pig and a couple of illustrated poems in .jpg form. Click on the little yellow bar and they should enlarge for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
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