Sir Pigglesworth's Adventures in Vancouver

Sir Pigglesworth Adventure Series

Children - Grade K-3rd
82 Pages
Reviewed on 08/31/2016
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Reviewed by Geoff Baggett for Readers' Favorite

JoAnn Wagner’s Sir Pigglesworth's Adventures in Vancouver, the second installment in the Sir Pigglesworth Adventure Series, is a children’s book that continues the quirky misadventures of a mischievous young pig. This "royal" piglet departs the London airport with the goal of surprising his parents in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The only problem is that, once he reaches Vancouver, he has no idea where his parents might be! His search for his parents takes him to a pumpkin patch, a boat ride to a big park, and a zoo. He catches a glimpse of his parents on a trolley ride at a huge outdoor park, but is unable to catch up with them. Though he is unable to find his parents, he does discover a clue to their next destination … a note written in his mother’s handwriting that shows they are heading for New York City!

Kids' books are by no means my area of expertise, but Sir Pigglesworth's Adventures in Vancouver was, in a word, delightful. The dialog is simple, straightforward, and age appropriate. I absolutely loved how the author incorporated actual well-known Vancouver locations and attractions into the story. The author’s details and descriptions prompted me to go online and perform searches on these places. I am confident that parents and children who enjoy this book together will do the same.

David Darchicourt’s illustrations are nothing short of stellar. Indeed, they are what makes this book really stand out. The colors are vibrant, with beautiful splashes of the primary colors throughout. Each illustration perfectly complements the corresponding text and helps bring the story to life. I have a four-year-old granddaughter. This book is perfect for her. I know that she will identify with the mischievous little pig. I’m recommending the series to her parents. Five stars.

Jack Magnus

Sir Pigglesworth’s Adventures in Vancouver: The Sir Pigglesworth Adventure Series, Book 2 is an adventure travel storybook for children, grades K-3, written by JoAnn Wagner and Sara Dean, and illustrated by David Darchicourt. After Sir Pigglesworth and his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Pigglesworth, returned home from their goodwill trip to London, Sir Pigglesworth was supposed to stay with his grandmother for a few days while his parents travelled to Vancouver, BC. But there was no way he was going to miss out on this trip! Striking out on his own, Sir Pigglesworth had actually travelled to Dallas, Texas instead of Vancouver and was far away from where his parents were. Fortunately, his friends, Bill and JoAnn, just happened to live in Dallas, and they were going to help reunite him with his parents. JoAnn traveled with him and soon they arrived in Vancouver. Where, however, could the Duke and Duchess be? Sir Pigglesworth is sure they would want to go to the park, but JoAnn knows of a few other places worth checking out as well.

JoAnn Wagner and Sara Dean’s adventure travel storybook, Sir Pigglesworth’s Adventures in Vancouver: The Sir Pigglesworth Adventure Series, Book 2, follows the Queen’s royal emissary as he searches through Vancouver for his parents. David Darchicourt’s illustrations bring the majestic beauty of British Columbia to life as the two friends tour a pumpkin farm, visit the zoo and aquarium, and meander through Stanley Park. There’s lots of good, silly fun as Sir Pigglesworth nearly tumbles out of a hay wagon, falls on his face in the mud, and gets thrown around on the horse-drawn carriage ride, but he takes it all in stride. He’s ever the nonchalant adventurer, but he does seem a bit worried about not finding his parents. Wagner and Dean’s plot deftly combines travel and making new friends around the world with the drama of being reunited with family, making this both an educational and suspenseful tale for young readers. Sir Pigglesworth’s Adventures in Vancouver: The Sir Pigglesworth Adventure Series, Book 2 is highly recommended.

Christian Sia

In the first book in this series, Sir Pigglesworth follows his parents, even though he is not supposed to, and loses them, distracted by the wonderful things and people he sees. From the beginning, he’d wanted to surprise his parents and make them happy to see him at the Vancouver airport, but now he doesn’t know where they are or how to start looking for them. It is exciting to read as he scours the city of Vancouver with his companion, trying to locate his parents. The things he finds and does will thrill the hearts of young readers. Sir Pigglesworth's Adventures in Vancouver by JoAnn Wagner is book 2 in the series and a must-read for readers in the Grade K-3rd.

I loved this book for a good number of reasons. First, my kids loved it, and they are the ideal audience for this kind of book. Second, the writing is beautiful and very accessible to the intended audience. Third, the illustrations are masterfully accomplished. Each scene is accompanied by an eye-catching and detailed illustration. An older reader can read it to a kid and allow the kid to identify characters and items in the illustrations. There is a great storyline and a serious problem to solve, a conflict that animates the entire story – Sir Pigglesworth can’t find his parents, but how the jolly pig goes about looking for them and the things he finds along the way is the adventure that will fill the minds of many kids as they go off to bed, even in their dreams. Sir Pigglesworth's Adventures in Vancouver by JoAnn Wagner is a stellar work for Grade K-3rd children. Highly recommended!