I’ve recently read two LOL books, two shining lights on the shelves filled with gore and gloom.
I’ll start off with Nanny Piggins by R.A Spratt. It’s a sequel to my favourite book of the year (so far). Nanny Piggins is a delicious comedy about a pig who takes care of three kids, belonging to Mr Green, a single lawyer dad who pretends his children don’t exist. In an politically correct age, Nanny Piggins is a throwback to snappy satire and ricidious situations that truly push boundaires of what is wrong and ‘wrong-er’. Nanny Piggins’ is a gentle soul, even if her goals revolve around getting chocolate cake and how to get some more. In this collection of short stories, Mr Green tries to find a new wife because he can’t be stuffed paying a pig ten cents an hour to look after his kids. I’m really glad that its becoming a series, with a third book on the horizon. Bring it ON!
Speaking of series, Colin Thompson has finished up his Floods’ books (actually no he hasn’t, there’s a ninth on the way) and started anew with The Dragons. The first book, Camelot, turns the legend of King Arthur on its head. King Arthur turns out to be a spolit brat of a miserable kingdom. The dragons have been forced underground to brew over their glory days. It’s going to take a special person to bring the two ‘kingdoms’ together. Thompson’s humour is superb, with its satire just as sharp as Nanny Piggins. I got Monty Python vibes from reading it, with loads of zingers and play on words. Thompson’s carried his cool footnotes from The Floods’ series, where he pokes fun at himself and talks directly to the reader, tongue firmly in cheek.
Both books will get kids (and adults) giggling 🙂
You'll love this pig!