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Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey


Series
Pigsticks and Harold

written and illustrated by
Alex Milway

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9780763666156

Awards and Honors
2014 Cybils Awards Finalist, Easy Readers
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JLG Category

Easy Reading Plus

Series: Pigsticks and Harold, Book 1
Adventurous Pigsticks and his assistant Harold set off from Tuptown to find “the Ends of the Earth.” Somehow it seems that the Ends of the Earth keep getting farther and farther away. Full-color illustrations rendered in ink and colored digitally.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

84

Trim Size

6" x 9"

Dewey

Fic

AR

3.3: points 0.5

Lexile

560L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2014

Book Genres


Topics

Pigs. Hamsters. Explorers and exploring. Journeys. Assistants. Teamwork.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

After reviewing the lives of his famous explorer forepigs, Pigsticks evaluates his life and decides that he, too, must go on a daring expedition. But first, he needs an assistant. After a long search, he finds a small, friendly hamster named Harold, who adores cake. With the promise of baked goods at the end of their journey, Pigsticks and Harold encounter jungle snakes, ravenous crocodiles, deep ravines, and carnivorous mountain goats on their way to the end of the Earth. Will they ever make it to their destination, and if so, will it be what they expected? Milway develops his characters into quite lovable friends that children will adore. Pigsticks is certainly in charge, but it is clear that without his assistant, his goal will never be realized. Ample illustrations and a large font make this is a solid chapter book addition for new and/or struggling readers.—Katy Charles, Virgil Elementary School, Cortland, NY

Horn Book

Pigsticks Pig comes from a long line of august ancestors, or, as he puts it, forepigs. From the portraits on the wall we see that these include Emmeline Pighurst and Mustapha Snuffles. But a young pig has to make his own mark, and Pigsticks decides on an expedition to the Ends of the Earth. In the tradition of the great British explorers, he equips himself with the essentials, including a pith helmet and a teakettle, and proceeds to engage an assistant, a mild, anxious, cake-loving hamster named Harold. In three generously illustrated chapters we follow the explorers as they survive swamps, deserts, rickety rope bridges, malevolent mountain goats, and an avalanche to return home triumphant. The art is slapdash-goofy: Pigsticks looks like a yam with a snout, and Harold is a mustachioed hacky sack. Frequent disconnects between text and pictures carry much of the humor in this tongue-in-cheek-funny (everybody will have the pleasure of seeing right through Pigsticks’s charming arrogance) early chapter book. Plums for grownups? Mild satire of the British-colonial mindset and some porcine parodies of cubist masterworks on Pigsticks’s walls. sarah ellis

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

After reviewing the lives of his famous explorer forepigs, Pigsticks evaluates his life and decides that he, too, must go on a daring expedition. But first, he needs an assistant. After a long search, he finds a small, friendly hamster named Harold, who adores cake. With the promise of baked goods at the end of their journey, Pigsticks and Harold encounter jungle snakes, ravenous crocodiles, deep ravines, and carnivorous mountain goats on their way to the end of the Earth. Will they ever make it to their destination, and if so, will it be what they expected? Milway develops his characters into quite lovable friends that children will adore. Pigsticks is certainly in charge, but it is clear that without his assistant, his goal will never be realized. Ample illustrations and a large font make this is a solid chapter book addition for new and/or struggling readers.—Katy Charles, Virgil Elementary School, Cortland, NY

Horn Book

Pigsticks Pig comes from a long line of august ancestors, or, as he puts it, forepigs. From the portraits on the wall we see that these include Emmeline Pighurst and Mustapha Snuffles. But a young pig has to make his own mark, and Pigsticks decides on an expedition to the Ends of the Earth. In the tradition of the great British explorers, he equips himself with the essentials, including a pith helmet and a teakettle, and proceeds to engage an assistant, a mild, anxious, cake-loving hamster named Harold. In three generously illustrated chapters we follow the explorers as they survive swamps, deserts, rickety rope bridges, malevolent mountain goats, and an avalanche to return home triumphant. The art is slapdash-goofy: Pigsticks looks like a yam with a snout, and Harold is a mustachioed hacky sack. Frequent disconnects between text and pictures carry much of the humor in this tongue-in-cheek-funny (everybody will have the pleasure of seeing right through Pigsticks’s charming arrogance) early chapter book. Plums for grownups? Mild satire of the British-colonial mindset and some porcine parodies of cubist masterworks on Pigsticks’s walls. sarah ellis

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