The Super Amazing Adventures Of Me, Pig by Emer Stamp is the second book of adventures about Pig, which started with The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig, which I read for the Amazon Vine review programme and posted a review of here. The Top Secret Diary of Pig was one of my son’s favourite books for a long time, and he carried it about with him for weeks after we received it, reading and re-reading it, and forcing other people to read it too. I knew we would have to buy the sequel when it came out, and lo, it came to pass, exactly as I predicted.
I rather like the Pig books too, I have to confess. The production quality is fabulous, a chunky, partially cloth bound board book with a really satisfying (I have no idea why) navy blue font on squared off white pages. It has lots of diagram style drawings and footnote style addenda, and is incredibly pleasing to both hold and look at.
In the first book Pig writes his diary about how he is menaced by evil chickens in the farm yard and forced to fly in a trocket (a rocket powered by pig pooh and made of a trough) to the moon to escape both the chickens and the farmer who wants to eat him. He foils all the dreadful plans with the help of his incredibly wise and loyal friend, Duck.
In this book, Pig and his friends are relaxing on the farm, which has now been bought by Mr. and Mrs. Sandal, who are both vegetarians. Pig is happy as he knows they will not want to eat him. He is even happier that he has a new friend, Mr. and Mrs. Sandal’s cat, Kitty, who pig is more than a little in love with. Duck tries to convince Pig that Kitty, much like the chickens, is pure evil and intent on Pig’s downfall. Pig won’t hear of it, and as a result gets a series of increasingly nasty shocks until he and his friends are forced to call for help from the Phantom Bantams.
Will they save the day?
Of course they will…
There is lots to enjoy in this book. Much like the first volume, the humour is very scatalogical, which will appeal to every single child on the planet I have ever met. Pig’s stupidity is of the sort that allows the children in on the joke right from the beginning and so they can feel smart that they have worked things out, rather like Duck. Pig’s spelling is atrocious, and a joy in itself, and the Phantom Bantams and their Dutch accents are an absolute joy.
This is a perfect silly bedtime story for younger readers or a fantastic transitional reader for both boys and girls aged 7-10. The text is easy to read (although don’t use the book to teach spelling), the text is well balanced on each page with plenty of white space and great illustrations. The chapters are achievable for solo readers, and also broken up into imaginary days of the week that pig invents off the top of his head, which is fun. It’s a book you can offer to Tom Gates/Wimpy Kid lovers if they’re up to date with those series, and which they will manage and enjoy.
We look forward to volume three.
If you can’t wait for volume three, there is a good website which you can access by clicking the link here. It has lots of activities, information about the author and stuff to keep you going in the long winter months.