Thursday, September 02, 2010
The Adventures of Nanny Piggins (MG)
The Adventures of Nanny Piggins. R.A. Spratt. Illustrated by Dan Santat. Little Brown. 239 pages.
Mr. Green desperately needed to find a new nanny for his children. In the four weeks since their last nanny left, he found himself actually having to talk to them, provide them with meals, and pay attention to them himself. And all this just had to stop. He had a job at a law firm helping rich people avoid paying their taxes. He could not be expected to look after his children as well.
Nanny Piggins wasn't always a nanny. She's formerly of the circus. She was the flying pig act. She's used to being shot out of a cannon. So even though she doesn't have any training in looking after children, she figures she can handle these three kids without much trouble. Derrick. Samantha. Michael.
Can a pig make for a good nanny? You be the judge. This children's fantasy is very silly, very over-the-top. I found it an enjoyable read. Believable? Not for a second. The character development just isn't there. But is it good for a few laughs? Yes! Nanny is a fun-loving, chocolate-loving, pie-baking wonder. Each chapter leads to a new adventure. And the adventures seem to get more extreme as the novel progresses!
If you enjoyed Lois Lowry's The Willoughbys, then you'll probably enjoy this one.
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