Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Greenbeard the Pirate Pig by Andrea Torrey Balsara


Today I am welcoming Andrea Torrey Balsara to the Cafe and Bookstore with her children’s book Greenbeard the Pirate Pig.


About the book

Ahoy, my Piggywinkles!

Sail into adventure with GREENBEARD the guinea pig pirate, as Snug Rumkin, Greenbeard’s ratty first mate, tries to teach him how to be a “proper” pirate!

Some of the reviews for the book.

on December 7, 2016

This is a wonderful, fanciful little story, (complete with a pirate song!), that is perfect for guinea pig lovers, and animal lovers of all kinds! Our children adore the tale of Greenbeard the Pirate Pig, (whose beard has turned green due to his lettuce-eating proclivities), and they love Snug Rumkin, the sailor rat, too.

(Our son enjoyed this story so thoroughly that he actually named one of his stuffed animals after Snug Rumkin!) Crafted in a style that is part graphic novel and part fairy tale, Andrea Torrey Balsara has done a fabulous job of capturing the spirit of the inspired explorer through Greenbeard the Pirate Pig. Even when faced with the pragmatism and cynicism of others, Greenbeard always maintains an indomitable spirit and a persevering outlook.

Our family eagerly awaits Greenbeard’s next voyage, and we’ll be keeping a lookout for the sequel!

As the owners of two adorable guinea pigs, my kidswere thrilled to have a children’s book starring one!” Ashleigh,

“It really truly was a fun-tastic read from start to finish….You’ll follow the dashing pig from his homey garden outinto the world as he proves that there is nothing able tostop determination, a little luck and a great attitude.Gina,

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Details of all of Andrea’s published and illustrated work can be found here:

unnamedAbout Andrea Torrey Balsara

When she was little and had to go to bed, Andrea Torrey Balsara would carefully arrange stuffed animals around her bed to protect her from the Creature-Who-Lives-Under-The-Bed. Since she has grown, she has had many real animal friends: a retired racing greyhound named Jasper, a sweet but toothless rescued stray cat named Sammy, a rat named Frodo, and two sweet guinea pigs. They are all remembered and well-loved (and show up in stories and illustrations from time to time).

These days, Andrea’s family includes her patient and wonderful husband and two daughters, two cats named Tiger and Snowy, and two shelter dogs named Oliver and Maisie. With such wonderful company, the Creature-Who-Lives-Under-The-Bed doesn’t bother her anymore.

Not much, anyway.

The inspiration for GREENBEARD came from Andrea’s guinea pigs: Petunia, a fierce, lettuce-loving pig whose blonde chin-fur turned green when she ate lettuce (pictured above at right); and her mate Piggy, a sweet, gentle pig (above left). Alas, both Petunia and Piggy have gone to the happy alfalfa grounds in the sky, but their memories live on in the adventures of GREENBEARD THE PIRATE PIG!

Andrea Torrey Balsara is the author of many books and is a self-taught artist who has recently switched from watercolor to digital media for illustrating. All of the illustrations for GREENBEARD THE PIRATE PIG were done using Corel Painter and a Wacom digital tablet.

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16 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Greenbeard the Pirate Pig by Andrea Torrey Balsara

  1. A gorgeous book. I am a lover of guinea pigs. We had seven, mostly adopted but now we have two of the oldest boys left. Papa Shadow and Sonic. Their friends have danced over the rainbow bridge but will always be in our memories and hearts. x

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    • Thank you, @paulandruss ! I appreciate your comments! I had a lot of fun with the cover–a swashbuckling guinea pig? It’s so silly that it never fails to make me laugh. I know if I start laughing when I’m drawing that I’ve gotten what I’m looking for. At least I amuse myself! 😀

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