Title: The Pirate Pig
Author: Cornelia Funke
Series: not applicable
Recommended for: early chapter book readers, Mercy Watson fans, people reading out loud to a child or group
Pages: 55 pages
Call Number/Link: J FICTION FUNKE, C.
Synopsis: Who needs a treasure map when you have a pirate pig with a nose for gold? Stout Sam and his deckhand, Pip, find a pig washed up in a barrel on the beach. They want to keep her as a pet, but they soon realize Julie is no ordinary pig. She can sniff out treasure! What happens if Barracuda Bill, the greediest and meanest pirate who ever sailed the seas, hears about Julie’s special talent?
Comments: The Pirate Pig is a fun early chapter book with cute colorful illustrations. It is lightly humorous, though not roll on the floor funny. It is a great choice for independent reading and would also work well as a read-aloud.
Amazon.com lists it as being appropriate for 7-10 years and/or grades 2-5. I think it also works well as a read-aloud to children ages 4 and up who are experienced listeners.