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The Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R.A. Spratt
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Jan 10, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: childrens-fiction, contemporary, humorous
Read from January 10 to 11, 2011

The Adventures of Nanny Piggins is the story of an ex-circus star pig who becomes the caretaker for three young siblings. Their exploits together are completely devoid of any moral compass, and it makes for unending hilarity. Spratt's book unapologetically delves into the absurd as the kids and Nannie Piggins go shopping for school supplies, enter an art contest, go up against a rival nanny, and break Nannie Piggins's vow to never again bake a pie. Scathing one-liners are interspersed throughout the story, including such wonderful observations as "... even though she was horrible, she was a woman, and all women secretly, or not so secretly, want to be beloved singing sensations". (SO TRUE!)

Spratt's book, to me, seems like something that Louis Sachar could have written if he'd taken Wayside School and introduced a pig nanny into the mix. The irreverent humor, outlandish storylines, and a fabulous main character make Nanny Piggins a huge success.

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