R.A. Spratt is an award-winning comedy writer with eleven years' experience in the television industry. She has written comedy, pre-school drama and children's animation. Rachel lives in Sydney, loves cappuccino-flavoured chocolate and hates Telstra. She is currently creating more remarkable Piggins adventures for books 5 and 6.
Gr 4-6-Nanny Piggins is back, and the Green children are in for even zanier adventures this second time around. With the threat of their widowed father trying to find a new wife who will babysit his kids and keep his house clean for free, the porker and her charges have to come up with ways to prevent him from carrying out his wicked plot. To make things more interesting and complex, they encounter an armadillo that challenges Nanny's record for flying out of a cannon; lots of people wanting Nanny's tasty, healing cake; and lots more high jinks filled with chocolate. Although each chapter is a story in itself, together they create an amazing world. The humorous plot is well developed and entertaining. The charming, full-page illustrations complement the narrative well. Chapter titles such as "Nanny Piggins and the Tunnel to China" and "The Duel at Dead Man's Gorge" are great teasers for keeping readers turning the pages. Reluctant and avid readers alike will get caught up in the adventures in this "Mary Poppins"-esque series for a new generation.-Kira Moody, Whitmore Library, Murray, UT (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.