Sir Pigglesworth’s Adventures in Pigeon Forge
JoAnn Wagner (Author)
David Darchicourt (Illustrator)
Age Range: 6 – 10 years
Grade Level: 1 – 4
Series: Sir Pigglesworth Adventure Series (Book 8)
Paperback: 82 pages $8.95
Publisher: Sir Pigglesworth Publishing; June 2018 edition (April 1, 2018)
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
BOOK BLURB: From the second his plane touched the ground, Sir Pigglesworth was anxious to jump off. After all, Dolly herself had invited him to Pigeon Forge to perform in the finale of her famous show at the Dolly Parton Stampede Dinner Theater! He had been practicing at home and wanted to show off his skills and say hello to Dolly.
Sir Pigglesworth couldn’t wait to explore the wonders of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee’s top tourist destination. Plans were to spend a few days there enjoying all the fun attractions before his big scene at the Stampede.
REVIEW: If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you already know that I love a cute picture book, so it’s no wonder I couldn’t pass up this delightful book about a rambunctious pig who gets himself into all kinds of scrapes. The illustrations are wonderful and complement the story so well. We can see some of the chaos that Sir Pigglesworth creates as he races around all the events at Dollywood, such as eating a girl’s banana split, but there are also nice moments, especially meeting new friends. Brody and his father teach Sir Pigglesworth how to do a few words in sign language – a gentle reminder to young readers to accept others who are not like them.
The story is laugh-out-loud funny in places. We meet Sir Pigglesworth in the beginning as he races into the house and runs smack dab into his mother who is carrying a bowl of gravy to the dinner table. The gravy lands on his father’s head, and the illustration for that page is hilarious. Between the very engaging story and pictures, kids of all ages will enjoy this little book, and it introduces young readers to chapter books.
I highly recommend the series and if you meet the author in person, you can get a cute little rubber Sir Pigglesworth doll. The books are also available in Spanish editions.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The “Sir Pigglesworth’s Adventure Series” was born when JoAnn’s church gave out a flying pig stress ball for the congregation to take around over the summer and post pictures on Facebook.
Everywhere she went, people smiled and laughed and were excited to have their picture taken with Sir Pigglesworth, as she dubbed the pig. The idea blossomed until it became clear that Sir Pigglesworth’s adventures needed to be shared with children around the world.
JoAnn does book readings at school, libraries, and churches. Since kids like to get “stuff”, JoAnn gives them custom made Sir Pigglesworth bookmarks that are written in English on one side and Spanish on the other, and “I Love to Read” stickers.
You can find out more about the books, read the blog, and check out some free stuff on the Sir Pigglesworth Website.
Do come back on Wednesday when JoAnn will be my guest with a fun post on how she persevered to get permission to use the Dolly Parton venue names in her book.