Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Children's Book Review and Giveaway, Nanny Piggins and the Race to Power

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson,

I love books that lure kids onto the magical pathway to reading by offering humour and entertainment, don't you?  Do you remember my enthusiasm for the first in R. A. Spratt's Nanny Piggins series, The Adventures of Nanny Piggins? Today I'm pleased to not only bring you my review of the latest in the series, book 8, Nanny Piggins and the Race to Power, but also offer a free copy of the book to one lucky The Book Chook reader who is also an Australian resident.

Nanny Piggins and the Race to Power was written by R. A. Spratt and published by Random House Australia (2103).

A vote for Piggins is a vote for cake!

In this riveting eighth instalment of Nanny Piggins' adventures, she sets out to thwart Mr Green's political ambitions by running for mayor herself. Her mission – to proudly fight for Liberty, Equality and Cake!

Is democracy safe? Probably not. Will Nanny Piggins give everyone in the electorate diabetes from too much cake? Most likely. And along the way tremendous adventure abounds. Taking part in a diabolical fun run, being trapped in a sabotaged lift, faking seismic activity, safeguarding the local vacant lot and beating the world pole vault record is just the beginning.

Spratt shows her ability not only to entertain but to keep doing so with freshness and enthusiasm in this eighth novel of the series. The children's father, Mr Green, decides to become Mayor of Dulsford and this precipitates Nanny Piggins into the political arena herself. Somehow or other, Nanny's plans and plights seem to revolve around cake, cake and more cake. I love the way Nanny Piggins is lousy at Mathematics unless it applies to cake, her ingenious methods of solving problems, the way she teaches a bunch of military recruits a thing or two about tactics and formally introduces fictionalised news to Dulsford even though "tabloid newspapers had been doing a similar thing for years."

As in The Adventures of Nanny Piggins, (and I'm sure the rest of the series) there's a laugh a minute. Senior Primary and Junior High kids will appreciate the absurdity and sly digs at …well, almost everything. Luckily, I doubt they'll take as a role model a pig in hot-pink wrestling leotard who scoffs cake!

If your children/students love a series, Nanny Piggins makes a great series to introduce them to. As with The Adventures of Nanny Piggins, the stand-alone nature of each chapter makes Nanny Piggins and the Race to Power perfect for a family read-aloud or class serial. Make sure you show kids Spratt's website and encourage them to delve into even more fun there.

GIVEAWAY: To enter the giveaway of Nanny Piggins and the Race to Power you need to email me (once) at thebookchook(at)gmail(dot)com with "Nanny Piggins" in the subject line. Please include 1. your name, 2. email address so I can notify you if you win, and 3. Australian postal address. The winner will be drawn randomly by a blindfolded chicken on May 7, 2013. I'll contact you via email to confirm, then announce on the blog soon after.

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  1. Anonymous01 May, 2013

    I have never heard of this series, but something in the description reminds me of the Amelia Bedelia series, which I found to be hilarious! Must check into it!

  2. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers published two of them so far in the USA, Barbara. Really nicely illustrated by Dan Santat too.


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