by Alex Milway, published 2014
“Being an explorer’s assistant is hard work,” said Harold. “Being an explorer is even harder!” said Pigsticks. Harold wasn’t convinced. He hadn’t realized that The Ends of the Earth would be so far away.”
There’s nothing better than a whimsical children’s book to entice young readers to enjoy reading. Pigsticks and Harold is definitely in that category. Interspersed with delightful illustrations, filled with humor and jokes, this is a fabulous first chapter book.
It’s hard to believe that this children’s book is a stand-alone, since the characters are so fully formed. I’m hoping that it is the beginning of a series, as the humor and simplicity put it head and shoulders above other many boring first chapter books. The quirky illustrations add a nice touch to the book as well. Actually, the illustrations are beautiful, and are often a full two-page spread, which adds color and interest to the very simple text in this book.
If you are looking for a children’s book to kick start the reading habit, this may be the one that does the job. Perfect for ages 5 to 8.