Piggy Handsome is a laugh-out-loud read about an arrogant, short-tempered and rather dapper looking guinea pig and his quest to be a star.
Piggy Handsome just has to be famous. He is the 19th generation of ‘Handsomes’ and all those before him have become famous for one reason or another. Unfortunately, he is now nearly three (thirty in human years) and is still yet to see his name in the papers or his face on the TV. To prove he is worthy of the Handsome name, Piggy decides that if he isn’t famous by tomorrow he will change his name. A plan is formulated and with the help of his able compatriot Jeff Budgie it shouldn’t be too difficult to accomplish. All he needs to do is become the World Chip Chomping Champion…
What follows is a series of slapstick comedic moments between Piggy Handsome and his sidekick Jeff Budgie. The duo provide hilarious views on the ‘humans’ and Pip Jones captures the world through the eyes of pets so perfectly. There are comedic moments aplenty and the engaging dialogue between Handsome and Jeff is littered with banter that shows that despite their differences they are the best of friends. Jeff Budgie is brilliant - tweeting budgie song when the ‘human’ is around and then sounding like an East London taxi driver the rest of the time. Throw in a dog with alzheimers, a potentially killer cat, a toad with a sticky tongue and some rather aggressive seagulls and you have the perfect comedy caper.
This is an ideal early chapter book and a great read for those children who are moving on to longer length books. The chapter titles are hilarious and the text is nicely spaced out so as not overwhelm young readers. Adam Stower’s delightful illustrations that are frequently dotted throughout the book are full of warmth and charm and capture the different personalities of Piggy Handsome and Jeff Budgie perfectly.
What I really like about the book is that even though it is targeted at a young audience, Pip Jones serves up plenty of delicious language - villainous, pompous, maisonette, coiffed …
A great book to be shared with 5+ and a book that 7+ will independently read. Children with pets will absolutely love this book and it is sure to be a hit with even the most reluctant of readers.