Sir Pigglesworth's Adventures in Cozumel

Sir Pigglesworth Adventure Series

Children - Grade K-3rd
82 Pages
Reviewed on 09/08/2016
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Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite

Sir Pigglesworth's Adventures in Cozumel (Sir Pigglesworth Adventure Series Book 6) by JoAnn Wagner and Sara Dean is a funny children's book starring an ornery little pig. It is JoAnn's birthday! As a special birthday surprise, her husband, Bill, Sir Pigglesworth's friend, Serena, and Sir Pigglesworth are taking JoAnn on a cruise to Mexico. What kind of mischief can one pig and a little girl do on a cruise ship? All sorts! After being thrown off the Captain's Deck, out of the galley, and several other places, you would think that Sir Pigglesworth and Serena can't get into any more trouble. Think again. Sir Pigglesworth and Serena ride the waves on a jet-ski, explore the underbelly of the ocean in a glass-bottom boat, and get a little "piggy" in a candy store. Can they get into any more mischief? You betcha!

This book was a delight to read. Written for 6-10 year olds, it is a cute chapter book, complete with enough pictures to keep the young reader interested while helping them enhance their reading skills and vocabulary. The pictures are colorful and the story is fun and lively, set in a colorful, exotic location. The characters are enchanting and the situations humorous. I loved all the mischief that Sir Pigglesworth and Serena got into. Their attitudes and the way they reacted to the adults' frustrations told me that the author understands children. I saw my younger brother in Sir "Danger" Pigglesworth and my younger sister in Serena.

In the back of the book, the author has thoughtfully added a page titled "Places of Interest" with links to the websites of several unique places that Sir Pigglesworth and Serena visited. The reader can keep learning even after they stop reading. I enjoyed Sir Pigglesworth's Adventures in Cozumel. Its characters were charming and the story an adventure. I will be looking for more Sir Pigglesworth Adventures to share with my family.

Jack Magnus

Sir Pigglesworth's Adventures in Cozumel: Sir Pigglesworth Adventure Series, Book 6 is a travel adventure story book for children, grades K-3, written by JoAnn Wagner and Sara Dean, and illustrated by David Darchicourt. JoAnn's birthday is nearly here, and Sir Pigglesworth is planning to surprise her with a visit. He's not alone this time as he's brought along his friend, Princess Serena, to share in the festivities. The four friends will be taking a cruise to Cozumel, Mexico, and will be traveling aboard the Carnival Breeze. JoAnn was thrilled to find Sir Pigglesworth's tail peeking out from underneath her cabin's bed where he was hiding to surprise her. After JoAnn and Bill helped Sir Pigglesworth and Serena get out from under that bed, they signed them up for the cruise ship's Camp Ocean for kids. Sir Pigglesworth loved the pool, especially the large orange slide, but there were even more adventures to be had once they landed in Cozumel.

JoAnn Wagner and Sara Dean's travel adventure story book, Sir Pigglesworth's Adventures in Cozumel, is a fast-paced and hilarious look at beautiful Cozumel through the eyes of Sir Pigglesworth, Princess Serena, and the ever-patient JoAnn and Bill. Sir Pigglesworth ramps up the mischief into high gear as he creates a poolside ruckus with his over-sized sombrero, causes chaos in the galley, and gets the four travelers thrown out of the Tulum ruins. Along the way, they get to learn about Mayan calendars and history, and even explore the world under the waves while riding in the Atlantis, a real submarine. I love watching Sir Pigglesworth kick up his heels and capture hearts everywhere he goes. Although he does cause some major havoc, there's something about Sir Pigglesworth that keeps me smiling as I read about his adventures.

As with the preceding books, I found myself Googling many of the places and things Sir Pigglesworth and his friends see and do. His adventures are a grand way to get kids interested in geography and other cultures, and of course the non-stop fun makes learning a pleasurable experience. David Darchicourt's illustrations are superb; they're bright, colorful and cheerful, and his picture of the Atlantis is marvelous. Sir Pigglesworth's Adventures in Cozumel is most highly recommended.

Julia Hopkinson

Sir Pigglesworth's Adventures in Cozumel is book six of the Sir Pigglesworth Adventure Series by JoAnn Wagner and Sara Dean, and includes illustrations by David Darchicourt. The story recounts the tale of the eponymous pig’s trip on a cruise ship, Carnival Breeze, to Cozumel, an island in the Caribbean, with his friends Princess Serena, JoAnn, and Bill. Sir Pigglesworth gets to sample all the delights of the ship, including playing in the swimming pool, spending his pocket money in the candy store, and eating delightful meals in the Sapphire dining room; as well as exploring Cozumel itself, including the various sea life from a glass bottomed boat and a submarine, and riding on jet skis with Serena. The story is complemented by the colourful illustrations on every other page.

Sir Pigglesworth's Adventures in Cozumel will be a fun read for young children. Sir Pigglesworth manages to cause chaos wherever he goes and I’m sure kids will be able to relate to his adventures: playing by the pool, stuffing himself in the candy store, causing mayhem in the dining room and the kitchen, exploring Cozumel’s architecture, and playing in the sea and on the beach. I did find it slightly odd and awkward that the lead character is referred to only as ‘Sir’ all the way through, rather than the more normal form of address, ‘Sir Pigglesworth’ (if knighted farm animals are normal!) JoAnn Wagner and Sara Dean have written a good story for kids and David Darchicourt’s illustrations help to bring it to life.