What did you like about the book? This is a funny story about a pig trying to escape the supper pot, with the help of his best friend, Duck. When Pig discovers that the Farmer isn’t giving him “lots of slops” because he loves him, he teams up with his enemies the “evil chickens” to escape to Pluto. Pig tells us about the chickens: “They is EVIL, but they is smart as haystacks too.” Pig will be their astronaut on a rocket they have built that is powered by poo. The black and white illustrations add to the fun. Sure to be a hit with young fans of potty humor, it also tells a nice story about friendship.
Anything you didn’t like about it? There was one British word that most children might not recognize “sat nav” instead of gps, but most will be able to figure it out.
To whom would you recommend this book? The humor, especially the references to poo and farts, will be very much enjoyed by fans of Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants and Super Diaper Baby books and for older fans of Doreen Cronin’s Giggle, Giggle, Quack.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries.
Where would you shelve it and why? I would shelf this in my Chapter Book section for grades 2-4.
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not really.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 3/27/15