‘The Piglet Pickle’ is the first in a brand new series ‘The Invincibles’ from the brilliant collaboration of Caryl Hart and Sarah Warburton. In this first story we meet our troublesome twosome Nell and Freddie who are the very best of friends (mostly) and partners in crime (always). You know you are about to get caught up in a world of mischief and mayhem when the opening line is ‘It wasn’t really my fault.’
Nell and Freddie go on a school trip to a farm, where they get to do loads of cool stuff like feeding the animals and they even get to take an animal home with them as a special treat. Wait a minute!!! REWIND this doesn’t sound right surely the most exciting thing you come home with after a school trip is a pencil which if you’re lucky has a novelty rubber on the end, not an actual real life animal. But it is! Freddie smuggles a piglet out in his backpack which Nell then decides to keep in her bedroom convinced she saving it from a future destined to end badly as part of a cooked breakfast. But when Nell’s big brother Lucas finds out they decide to do the right thing and return the piglet, what could possibly go wrong?
Caryl has created a truly engaging story which will delight newly confident readers, it made me laugh and smile in equal measures. The contrast between the really subtle humour and the properly laugh out loud moment is really enjoyable. There is so much to discover within the story that it is perfect to read over and over again. Sarah’s illustrations are gorgeous and incredibly witty capturing the chaos and charm of Nell’s family. I love this illustration where they are trying to look totally innocent when they have ‘up to no good’ clearly radiating from their faces.
We’re are huge fans of illustrated fiction in my house and we all agree that this is a real treat such a fantastic new series. A truly brilliant collaboration I can’t recommend it enough, I know it will be a huge hit in my school library. I’m pleased to say there is more to come from ‘The Invincibles’ later this year in their next adventure ‘The Hamster Rescue’ we can’t wait to find out what mischief they get up to next.
You can take a sneak peek at this fantastic book on the Nosy Crow Website
To find out more about Caryl Hart you can visit her website or follow her on Twitter @carylhart1
To find out more about Sarah Warburton you can visit her website or follow her on Twitter @SarahWarbie
Thank you to Nosy Crow for sending me a copy of this book to review.