This series just keeps getting better and better! Sir Pigglesworth’s Adventures in New York City is definitely the best chapter yet. We’re beginning to see the subtleties of the little pig’s character emerge – a well-mannered boy of royal breeding and upbringing combined with the mischievous boy next door. We have moments that are heart-felt, fun-filled, awe-inspiring, cute, and down-to-earth.
The authors are skillfully blending fun adventures with engaging dialogue that kids will enjoy while also weaving in some great vocabulary words that give us parents a chance to enjoy a moment of educational interaction with our kids. And it’s great to actually see the learning going on in their little heads when we look at their eyes and smiles.
And the illustrations? Wow. They are absolutely perfect. Each colorful picture not only tells a story but also creates a mood of excitement that puts you right there with Sir Pigglesworth. They are the best children’s illustrations since Winnie the Pooh. Period.
The detail regarding New York’s landmarks are also giving children a grasp of just enough history, geography, and culture to give them the head start they need to make them feel like they are ahead of the game in the classroom. And they are getting a feel for the character of some of the world’s greatest cities at the same time.
Perhaps best of all, Sir Pigglesworth’s ability to jump into situations, meet new friends, and learn from his adventures and misadventures gives our kids the courage to be more outgoing and to embrace the world, and it gives us a chance to share some “teachable moments” on grit, behavior, and the consequences of our actions.
We are so fortunate to be in on the beginning of what is sure to be the next big thing in children’s literature – and maybe in cartoons and movies too. It’s like being there when Disney launched Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willy, and I can hardly wait to see the evolution and growth in store for Sir Pigglesworth. I have no doubt that the series will just keep getting better and better.
~ Jim D.