Sunday, May 4, 2014

Review: Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey by Alex Millway

In a wry new early reader, the world’s most optimistic pig and his nervous hamster sidekick set out on an exploration to find the Ends of the Earth.

Pigsticks is the last in a noble line of explorers, and he’s decided it’s time for him to follow in his forepigs’ footsteps — with an assistant to do the heavy lifting, of course. When his help-wanted ad draws a motley crew of candidates, he chooses a hapless delivery hamster named Harold. As the unlikely duo set off from Tuptown with plenty of tea cakes in tow, Pigsticks is breathless with excitement (and Harold is struggling for breath under all the gear). But after a long trek through jungles, over deserts, and up a giant ice-topped mountain, the last crumb of cake is stolen by a herd of thieving goats, and their goal is nowhere in sight. Will they ever discover the Ends of the Earth? Could it be in the last place they’d ever think to look?

E-galley received for review.

When I saw a book about a pig and a hamster going on a "incredibly journey" it was just too good to pass up and I'm so glad I read it!

The author brilliantly captures the friendship between Pigsticks and Harold and you can feel the almost Holmes and Watson relationship between them.  They were also reminiscent of another set of famous animal friends - Rat and Mole from The Wind in the Willows, although Pigsticks does have more than a hint of Mr. Toad in him.

The story of their incredibly journey was a lovely blend of adventure and friendship and when combined with the adorable illustrations was just perfect.  I thoroughly enjoyed each and every page.  I found myself smiling many times while reading.

I definitely highly recommend this and can only hope that it is the first in a long series of Pigsticks and Harold books!

★★★★ = Really Liked It

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