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Swine Not?: A Novel Pig Tale

3.09  ·  Rating Details ·  1,666 Ratings  ·  312 Reviews
Bestselling novelist Jimmy Buffett has been making up stories all his life. (The dog ate his homework, and that new tattoo was somebody else's fault.) Not fiction's favorite pirate spins a colorful novel about a Southern family determined to hide their pet pig in a fancy four-star hotel in New York City -- while a meat-loving chef is sharpening his carving knife ...more
Hardcover, 234 pages
Published May 13th 2008 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2008)
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Oct 02, 2008 Megan rated it did not like it
Recommended to Megan by: CBOMC
This is one of the worst books I've ever read. Oh, Children's Book of the Month club--how could you steer me so wrong? The humor is over-reaching. I could scarcely push myself to finish it.
Dec 07, 2014 Dagny rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2014
A delightful, light read that is as much fun as listening to Jimmy's music.

Jimmy wrote:
"Sometimes you have to find the story, and sometimes the story finds you. . . . . One day our friend Helen Bransford brought over a manuscript she had written and some illustrations that went with it." Helen's real-life story includes moving "into the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan with her husband, twin kids, cats, and a large pet pig - which she conceals from the management for two years."

Jimmy takes Helen's bas
Aug 01, 2011 Andrea added it
I got a kick out of this tale of a pet pig secretly living in the fanciest hotel in NYC. But it definitely wasn't standard Jimmy Buffett fare. There were no beaches, no boats, no lighthouses. If you're a fan of his books, this one might not feel right to you. It reads like a kids' book, which is no surprise since that's how it started - a friend of JB's showed him a children's book she'd written, and he expanded it to create Swine Not? (the illustrations were part of the original kids' book). If ...more
Tom Croom
Nov 27, 2010 Tom Croom rated it it was ok
James Franco is one of my favorite human beings. What, you ask, does that have to do with this book? Allow me to explain...

James Franco is an actor who has been public about not just being an actor. After finishing some television and film, he took the time to go back to college (read: Columbia University!) and work on a masters degree. When choosing his roles, he doesn't shy away from jumping from blockbuster films to doing a gig on a television soap opera.

I like people who step out of their "n
Aug 18, 2010 Betsy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The fact that this book landed in my possession and I actually read it is a signal that my life may be slipping into a slow witted existence. Not only is it probably the stupidest book I have ever read, which is disturbing by itself, but it is supremely terrifying that I would even consider reading anything written by Jimmy Buffett. Sadly, on the advice of another, I did accept the loan of the book and for some bizarre reason, did read the entire moronic tale. The experience was made even more ...more
May 05, 2010 Midge rated it it was ok
I love the honest and fun lyrics of Jimmy Buffett's music. So here is an easy-reading book by the famous Mr. Buffett that resembles his lighthearted songs. Who would think that a "yarn" -- and that's sort of what this is -- about a very unusual family and their tango-dancing, soccer-playing, gourmet-eating, thinking and conniving pig -- would be such fun! It's a quick read, and, honestly, I think might be more appreciated by early-teens. BUT...maybe it's the wisdom of age that makes one able to ...more
Andrea Larson
Jun 21, 2011 Andrea Larson rated it liked it
Picked up another Jimmy Buffett book since I'd enjoyed A Salty Piece of Land, I was in a hurry when I went to the library to make my selection, and it sounded so different from the earlier book.

Swine Not? is a story of a pig who lives in a four star Manhattan hotel with a set of twins and their mom. A bit fanciful, as you might guess, definitely light reading, probably a children's book, though I didn't check on that for sure, but still an enjoyable enough read. If I'd read this one first, I'm n
Mar 15, 2016 Cindy rated it it was ok
Shelves: humor-challenge
This little book is the tale of a pig who is moved from Tennessee to New York City. It is cute but in a somewhat self-conscious way. I thought that the things that could have been cute came off as just too much - twins named Maple & Barley, a town called Vertigo, and a pig with a pet soccer ball. Add in a brigade of pigeons called the Pigilantes and it's just annoying. I found nothing very unique in the story and could see the denouement from a mile away. I think this is supposed to be an ad ...more
Jun 04, 2015 Paige rated it liked it
This was a really cute, quick read! Pretty simple plot, but fun and well-developed characters and I loved Buffett's insertion of his values (pro-environmentalism, pro-feminism, etc.) in the novel through his characters.
Donna Stuedeman
Aug 06, 2009 Donna Stuedeman rated it really liked it
If you're not a Jimmy Buffett fan or you don't appreciate his humor, then don't bother. If you're looking for a fast, comedic story that only someone like him could think up, it's worth the couple of hours it takes to read it.
Carol Stanley-Snow
Sep 15, 2014 Carol Stanley-Snow rated it it was amazing
LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book!! Too cute for words, and yet i have some!

I want a pig just a cute and smart as Rumpy. You must read this book. It's a fast read that will keep you smiling...
Randal Martin
Nov 25, 2016 Randal Martin rated it liked it
It was ok. I just never really bought into the characters for some reason. The story could've used a little better editing. I'm not sure how you find a pile of dry leaves and tinder ready to combust from a tossed cigarette immediately following a deluge of rain, but it's a fun little story.
Leah K
May 19, 2012 Leah K rated it liked it
Swine Not? by Jimmy Buffett

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Synopsis: When Southern belle Ellie McBride moves her twins from Vertigo, Tennessee, to New York City, they wouldn't dream of leaving behind the family pig Rumpy. But the posh hotel where Ellie has found work (and living space) has "No Pets" writ large on its portal. So hiding Rumpy from the hotel staff--especially the ultra-carnivorous hotel chef, who would like nothing better than to transform their pet into pork roast--becomes imperative.

Can a talented, sensiti
Mar 26, 2016 Mindy rated it it was ok
A cute novel about a pig's life and search for the twin brother she was separated from as a piglet. The story is written from the perspective of both the pig and the twin young boy whose family adopted her. Rumpy, the pig, lives in the southern states. Bailey's mom, his & Rumpy's soccer coach, finds trouble in the soccer world and through a job offer, decides to move the family back to New York, where they started. This ecites Rumpy as she can now begin the search for her twin borther, ...more
Giselle Roberts
Apr 19, 2010 Giselle Roberts rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Animal lovers, pig lovers, people looking for something light-hearted
Swine Not? is a book by Jimmy Buffett about a family who hides their pet pig at a four-star hotel in New York. Like pigs? Want to read a book that alternates between the usual narrator and a pig's POV? Let's throw some light-hearted humor in and you've got this book. In a way, it reminds me of a Pixar movie, Ratatouille popping into mind. It's got your quirky characters like twins Barley and Maple (Barley likes soccer, Maple's an expert designer who later makes a dog-suit for Rumpy to sneak out ...more
Todd Stockslager
Jun 08, 2015 Todd Stockslager rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Illustrations by Helen Bransford

The better question is swhy? This pleasant, lightweight, but non-consequential kids' fable seems to have no reason to exist other than the picking of the $21.99 retail price from the pocket of Buffett fans.

The story is not nearly as cynical as I just made it sound. Its not a bad story, and a Buffett fan can find turns of phrase that remind them of the lyrical craftsman they know Buffett to be. It may be better appreciated by the pet pigs, soccer moms, and 10- to 1
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Grandma Bev for

Jimmy Buffett was presented with this idea, complete with photos by Helen Bransford, and he thought about it, and asked himself, "Swine Not?" - and this story was born.

Helen told Jimmy that it was based on something that actually happened...but a pig in a four-star hotel in New York City?

SWINE NOT? is a very entertaining romp told from the alternating points of view of Rumpy, the pig, and Barley, her boy owner. Rumpy is a pot-bellied pig who accompanie
Tecca Wright
May 28, 2009 Tecca Wright rated it it was ok
As a lover of pigs as well as Jimmy Buffett, how could I resist reading this book? However, it's not one I plan to keep on the bookshelf.

A family moves from TN to NYC with divorce baggage and pets in tow to begin a new life living on the top floor of a hotel where mom will be a pastry chef. Only catch, there's a rule at the hotel - no exotic pets allowed (aka, the pet pig). So, they decide to hide the pig and sneak her out as possible. Life adjustment goes well for mom as she becomes very succe
Kathy McC
Jun 11, 2008 Kathy McC rated it liked it
This is the first Buffet novel I have read although I have others on my "To Read" list. I found the prose as unique and entertaining as his music. It was not masterful prose, but it was light and fanciful. It was a quick read, just right for a Sunday afternoon.

It is the story of a pet pig, Rumpy, who moves with his family from a farm in Tennessee to a high rise apartment in NY City. The pig and the children who own him have several enjoyable, sometimes "life threatening" escapades.

"Our owners
Aug 11, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok
A silly semi-true story of a family trying to hide a pet pig in an upper-class hotel in New York. I got this book as a present, and, having enjoyed all the other Jimmy Buffett books I'd read, had high hopes for this one. I actually had tried to start the book a few months ago and only got through a couple of chapters before losing interest. To this day, I have no idea if this book was intentionally meant for children, but it most definitely should have been marketed that way, as there was really ...more
Sarah Sammis
Jul 31, 2010 Sarah Sammis rated it liked it
I grew up with Jimmy Buffett's music but I won't go so far as to call myself a Parrothead. Around the time I was first starting off with being a Bookcrosser I was introduced his books. I'm probably more a fan of his books than I am of his music. Each book I've read has had something different to offer. I appreciate it when authors who try new things.

The other Buffet books I've read have involved his three loves: music, flying and the Caribbean. Swine Not? is a departure from those themes, being
Jan 29, 2015 Jamie rated it did not like it
Okay, I am not sure if I have ever given anything a "1" before. And I do it begrudgingly. I actually enjoyed other books by Jimmy Buffett (Where is Joe Merchant, A Salty Piece of Land, etc). They were light, entertaining and not horribly written. I am afraid I can't say that with this one. I would have put it down but I kept expecting it to get better.. surely it is not this bad ALL the way through? well.. yes.. yes it is/was. Too many coincidences... too much suspension of belief at times that ...more
Kyle Hamilton
Mar 09, 2015 Kyle Hamilton rated it really liked it
Have you ever just wanted to read a random story and get away from the real world for awhile? This book would be great for that. It's a quick read and lots of fun. I am a Jimmy Buffett super fan which is what attracted me to the book. You get a point of view from a pig who is living with a family who has just made a major move from rural Tennessee to New York City. He longs to find his brother and he tries to smell for him every day. He contemplates life and whether he belongs in New York City ...more
Jun 25, 2013 Stacey rated it did not like it
Finally finished this book. It took me over a year to finish, simply because I could not get into this book at all. Jimmy should stick to writing songs, not books. I disliked that the book was written from the perspective of 3 different characters. Often I would forget who was who and what was going on. It has a very poor storyline, and a slow moving one at that. Then the last 2 chapters "fill you in" on tons of info, so then it seemed like he was just trying to get the book wrapped up. ...more
Jun 20, 2008 Tracey rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young or young-at-heart readers
Shelves: libraryread
Rumpy, an unusually intelligent pet pig, and her owner Barley, a teenage boy with a passion for soccer are the dual protagonists/narrators of this story. Barley, his sister Maple, and Rumpy are all uprooted from their Tennessee home and move to a New York City hotel when their mother is hired as a pastry chef. They must keep Rumpy's existence a secret, while figuring out how to fit in.

This novel felt very much like a Carl Hiaasen young adult book, with quirky characters and a moral or two along
Dec 29, 2011 Terrie rated it liked it
Shelves: animals
Funny story of a family with a clever pet pig who move to a Manhattan hotel rooftop apartment where exotic pets are banned. Now Rumpy must stay inside or travel incognito (as a sheep dog or inside a serving table), always on the lookout for the head chef who has it in for his future feast guest of honor. Rumpy is excited to be in NY where she can enlist the help of pigeons and even the mayor to find her long lost brother.

The 12 year old twins in this story are named Barley and Maple. Great names
Aug 03, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
An entertaining story good for reading by the pool or as a story to read with kids. Now I want a pet minature pig!

Buffett has an easy and enjoyable style. Here's more on his bio as a writer "Buffett has written three No. 1 best sellers. Tales from Margaritaville and Where Is Joe Merchant? both spent over seven months on The New York Times Best Seller fiction list. His book A Pirate Looks At Fifty went straight to No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller non-fiction list,

making him one of eight au
 Gigi Ann
This is the first book I've read by Jimmy Buffett, and when I saw this book for a dollar at a bookstore going out of business I thought 'Why Not?' And as Jimmy said if you are asking yourself the question "What on earth is Jimmy doing writing a book about a pig instead of about boats, islands, bars, ballads, and beaches?" the answer is simple: "Swine Not?"

Today I wanted a fun, easy book to read, this was a quick fast read, and fun even though I think it is a book for the younger set. But it fit
Apr 17, 2010 Leann rated it it was ok
I would have never read this book if it had not been recommended to me by my aunt, who usually has quite superb taste in books.
Sadly, I was less than impressed with this book. The back of the book made the story sound like it was going to be a lot more fun and entertaining that it actually was. Though I didn't find Buffett to be a bad writer, he's not that great either. I found that I enjoyed the chapters narrated by people a lot more than the chapters narrated by the pig. Her own crusades and
Jun 03, 2015 Chazzi rated it really liked it
An imaginative and humourous story about a single mom family and a pig residing in the penthouse apartment of a New York City hotel.

When the mother accepts the position of pastry chef at a posh hotel it is a move up from their rual live in Tennessee to the big city. Good for them, but there is one catch...her employer doesn't know that the family pet is a pig!

Keeping this secret becomes more of a challenge when the mother's boss gets wind of the pig and wants to add it to his menu. Deceptions an
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James William "Jimmy" Buffett (born December 25, 1946) is a singer, songwriter, author, businessman, and recently a movie producer best known for his "island escapism" lifestyle and music including hits such as "Margaritaville" (No. 234 on RIAA's list of "Songs of the Century"), and "Come Monday". He has a devoted base of fans known as "Parrotheads". His band is called the Coral Reefer Band.

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