Thursday, 6 November 2014
Review: Pigsticks and Harold and the Tuptown Thief by Alex Milway
Publisher: Walker Books
Format: Trade paperback
Released: November 6th, 2014
There's a thief on the loose in Tuptown, and the annual Butterfly Ball will be cancelled unless someone is brought to justice. Luckily, Pigsticks has crime-fighting in his blood and a magnifying glass in his hand. Will Detective Pigsticks and his keen-eyes assistant Harold solve the crime? And can they do it in time to save the Butterfly Ball?
Pigsticks and Harold are back in The Tuptown Thief, which takes place after the first book, The Incredible Journey. My favourite pig and hamster duo have a mystery to solve, as several items are stolen from various places in Tuptown. Without them, the Butterfly Ball can't go ahead, so it's up to Pigsticks and Harold to bring the thief to justice.
I enjoyed the first book in this series but liked this one even more. Harold the hamster is still my favourite though he now has competition from Bobbins the angry mouse. I do love a good grumpy rodent! Alex Milway has once again managed to make a hamster and a pig successfully team up (and become convincing detectives, no less) and he's created a lovely little town full of memorable animal characters. His illustrations are fantastic and I just love how Harold is depicted!
These books are such fun to read, even though they might sound a bit daft. Believe me, they're not - they're perfect reads for anyone of any age, especially those who like animals. The story is well structured, the pictures are worth the cover price alone and the characters are all brilliant. What more can I say except that Pigsticks and Harold are clearly here to stay. Hurrah!