Staff Picks: Books
Staff-recommended reading from the
“The Adventures of Nanny Piggins”
This new children’s chapter book caught my eye with its appealing cover. Who is this pig dressed in a jaunty hat and a snappy polka dot suit? And her expression just exudes confidence with a hint of sassiness.
The Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R.A. Spratt features the most appealing nanny three kids could hope for. The children- whose mother has died- have a Type A father whose main interest is his job, and not spending money unless absolutely necessary. So Mr. Green posts a sign in the yard saying, “Nanny Wanted.” When a stylish Nanny Piggins knocks at the door and says she will accept ten cents an hour salary, Mr. Green can’t say no.
Nanny’s former job was getting shot out of a cannon for the circus, so you know she is adventurous, and she’s also great fun. This would be a good read aloud, since the author has a sly sense of humor that I think will appeal to adults as well as children. Each chapter is a separate adventure, and it’s laugh out loud funny for children in grades 3-up. A sequel with the chocolate loving Nanny is planned.
The Adventures of Nanny Piggins