Published May 2022
Introducing Parmesan Pig, a kind-hearted, supportive friend that readers will find delicious to meet. When Spaghetti Spider, Marshmallow Mouse, and Taco Turtle need help with HAPPY, Parmesan Pig sniffs out just the right flavor of support. Each friend is faced with a different situation where certain HAPPY ingredients are missing. Luckily, Parmesan Pig is someone they can trust, offering a new point of view. Sprinkling her savory advice, she provides understanding and hope, when her friends need it most.
Written in rhyming verse and full of clever connections between the narrative and the characters’ names, readers will both enjoy and emotionally connect with the story of Parmesan Pig.
Published October 2022
In this 2nd story, Parmesan Pig benefits from the perspective of others. First with Pumpkin Pie Penguin, a waiter at a restaurant, and then with her new friend at school Guacamole Goose, Parmesan Pig witnesses the difference between a WANT and a NEED. In each situation, the kind acts and words of others lead Parmesan Pig to discover what is truly important.
Written in the same lovable rhyming verse as the first Parmesan Pig book, the narrative continues to blend the characters’ names and ingredients into the story. Follow along with Parmesan Pig and her friends, both new and old, on another enjoyable and emotional adventure to remember.
Published March 2023
In the 3rd book of the series, Parmesan Pig explores what it means to be BIG or SMALL. One day on a beach she asks her friend Sandwich Seagull, with his bird’s-eye view, to explain the BIGGEST things we see in our universe. Next, we meet Chocolate Chipmunk, who has concerns about being too SMALL. Along with Parmesan Pig, they journey to meet the insightful Cookie Cricket, who gives them a lesson in perspective.
Follow along, as newly introduced characters are joined by Parmesan Pig’s delightful friends of the past. Will you recognize them?
The 4th sequential book in the Parmesan Pig book series explores the difference between OPINIONS and FACTS. On the first day of Spring, Parmesan Pig joins her good friend Barbecue Bear as they head toward the mountain for an exciting adventure filled with hiking and climbing. Along the way, they encounter others on the mountain who have a lot to say! Together, Parmesan Pig and Barbeque Bear sort through the clues to identity what are the OPINIONS and what are the FACTS.
Follow along, as newly introduced characters are introduced to this series, as well as all your favorite characters of the past.
GOOD. KIND. FRIENDLY. Three character traits that are not just special, but unique!
Parmesan Pig is aging to perfection. In this 5th book of the sequential series, as we follow her through school, where she encounters Lemonade Lion, Ms. Raspberry Rhino, and Cinnamon Snake along the way. See how Parmesan Pig, exemplifying ALL three traits, finds teachable moments to help others develop the trait they are missing. And in some situations, she discovers that these traits are only meaningful if they are real.
In this uncommon exploration of helping spirit and personal discovery, the latest value-driven book in the series will introduce new characters, bring back old favorites, and remind readers why they love Parmesan Pig. Good, Kind, and Friendly…will you be all three?
Author Ben Barrowman and his daughter Jane share their first book in the Parmesan Pig Book Series. Dad narrates the rhyming story, with Jane serving as the voice of Parmesan Pig in the moments where she offers support to her friends.
Montessori Magnet School (City of Albany) LITERACY NIGHT, 3/29/23
"Our students and their families LOVED having author Ben Barrowman present his story PARMESAN PIG during our recent Literacy Night. The full house was locked in as Ben read. The messages of having a positive mindset, looking out for your friends, and seeing the good in difficult moments are ones that we can all strive for. We look forward to another opportunity to have Ben connect with our students."
-John Powell, Principal
Thank you to Stephanie Rivas and ABC10 in Albany, NY for inviting me to join "The Upside" - a feature that spotlights local success stories. (July 8, 2023)
Following author visits, students were inspired to create new characters, which they have either mailed or submitted back to their teachers. I have 100s of them! It's so fun to see this Book Series spark such interest.