Title: Pigsticks and Harold: The Ends of the Earth
Author/Illustrator: Alex Milway
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s/middle grade, humour
Description: Pigsticks and Harold set off on a journey to dicover the Ends of the Earth, armed with Pgsticks’ love of adventure, Harold’s common sense, and a lot of cake. They go further than any pig or hamtster has gone before – but when disaster strikes, will they ever reach the Ends of the Earth? And will they ever make it home again?
My Review: This is such a short yet silly and funny book! Pigsticks is the last in a line of noble pigs and wants to do something memorable so he decides he will travel to the Ends of the Earth. But he will need an assistant to carry his things, so he hires Harold, a hamster with a love of cake.
The book is very short, at about 80 pages, and filled with more images than text. The story is very simple but funny and I really enjoyed reading it. Pigsticks and Harold set off to find the Ends of the Earth but the journey isn’t as simple or easy as they first thought. The whole story has a silly/daft feel to it which I enjoyed. Apart from the overall plot which is funny in itself, especially with the repetitive idea that the Ends of the Earth are just a little further away, there are little hidden extras which some older kids and especially adults will find fun to spot, such as the paintings on Pigstick’s wall. My favourite is ‘The Squeal’ by Pigyard Munch (a pun on ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch)!
The illustrations are what makes this story really funny. I love the simple way that Pigsticks is drawn. The characters are very simple and yet so expressive and the larger pictures have lots of little extras to spot such as extra creatures you can find in the Jungle.
I think anyone with a daft sense of humour would like this book. It’s a very short read, it took me just a few minutes to get through the whole book, but I really enjoyed it and would love to read more adventures of Pigsticks and Harold.
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.
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