If you have young children in your family, you may already be familiar with the Sir Pigglesworth series of adventures. The brainchild of JoAnn Wagner, who lives in Mesquite, Texas, Sir Pigglesworth is, as the name suggests, a small pig, who, so the story goes was knighted by Queen Alexandra for acts of bravery. He was then commissioned to travel around the world, spreading cheer and goodwill among the children he meets. He’s tasked with learning about the culture and history of each place he visits, and with sharing this knowledge with the children of the world.
Books one to five in the series see Sir Pigglesworth in London, Vancouver, New York City, Pigonia (“where it all began”), and Bermuda. Book six brings him to Mexico, and the beautiful island of Cozumel, where he learns about the local folklore, explores ancient ruins, and flirts with pretty señoritas. Arriving on the island onboard the cruise ship Carnival Breeze, Sir Pigglesworth and his friend Princess Serena visit ruins and take a submarine ride, causing madness and mayhem everywhere they go.
“The story is fast-paced, seat-of-the-pants fun yet steeped in real-world culture and history that will empower any young child to expand their horizons,” explains JoAnn. “My little piglet hero is inherently curious about everyone and everything he comes across; the perfect cocktail for an adventure that can sometimes requires him to wriggle out of trouble! In fact, this latest volume was inspired by my own actual experiences in Mexico as well as onboard the Carnival Breeze.”
The great thing about the Sir Pigglesworth series is that the books are educational while being incredibly fun, teaching kids new vocabulary and introducing them to new places. The books are designed for ages 6 – 10, and feature full cover illustrations on each double page spread, offering extra discussion opportunities when reading the books with young children.
The books are available directly from JoAnn’s website www.sirpigglesworth.com at a reduced price, as well as via www.amazon.com. In addition to print copies, book one is now available in e-book format, with the others to follow soon. They will also soon be available in Spanish, making them an ideal gift for the children of Mexican friends. Book seven will be published soon, which will see Sir Pigglesworth visiting San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Christmas is coming soon; why not give the gift of educational fun to some of the 6 – 10 year olds in your life by getting them one or more of the Sir Pigglesworth books?
By Stewart Mandy
Born in Europe, raised in the Middle East, and a long-time resident in the Americas, including the last 3 years in Merida, Stewart has worked worldwide in the travel, tourism and transportation industries for well over 20 years.
His local contacts and global knowledge provide him with unmatched access to the stories ‘behind the stories’ and he likes to take you to the places that others don’t or won’t go. From the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego, from Moscow to Melbourne, from Bergen to Buenos Aires, Stewart has been there. Chances are, wherever you are heading, he knows the score.