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THE ADVENTURES OF NANNY PIGGINS by R.A. Spratt

THE ADVENTURES OF NANNY PIGGINS

From the Nanny Piggins series, volume 1

By R.A. Spratt (Author) , Dan Santat (Illustrator)

Age Range: 7 - 12

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-316-06819-2
Publisher: Little, Brown

Widower Mr. Green’s a lawyer who helps the rich avoid taxes. He hates to part with money as much as they do. When petite and porcine Sarah Piggins presents herself as nanny in answer to Green’s yard sign, he hires her on the spot. She’s never been a nanny, but after years as a circus flying pig, she feels nannying can’t be harder than being blasted out of a cannon. The three Green children, all good if slightly shy, quickly fall under Nanny Piggins’s perky, lunatic spell. They spend school-supply money on a day at the amusement park. They catch a notorious doorknob thief. They even welcome Nanny’s brother Boris, a dancing bear, to the family, and of course, they eat lots and lots of cake. Australian TV writer Spratt’s Mary Poppins–cum–Paddington Bear with a sprinkling of Snickettian humor makes for a terrific read aloud. Each chapter’s a sitcom episode of delicious mayhem. Santat’s spot and full-page black-and-white illustrations are a nice pairing. Readers will demand swift release of the two sequels already out Down Under. (Animal fantasy. 7-12)