The Pirate Pig

tr. from German by Kerstin Meyer. illus. by Oliver Latsch. 80p. Random. Apr. 2015. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9780385375443; lib. ed. $12.99. ISBN 9780385375467; ebk. ISBN 9780385375474.
Gr 1–3—Two sailors find a pig washed ashore in a barrel, and much to their surprise, she can sniff out sunken treasure in the sea. Everything seems wonderful, with the sailors taking just enough treasure to meet their needs. When word starts spreading about this talented pig, however, the sailors discover she was trained by pirates—pirates who will do their best to get their pig back after hearing rumors about the wealth she's uncovered. Funke has written a simple, fun story with plenty of humor and adventure. The translation is smart, with great vocabulary throughout. Although this is essentially a beginning chapter book, there are no chapter breaks, which may prove daunting for newly independent readers.
VERDICT The Pirate Pig deserves a spot on early chapter book shelves alongside her porcine cousin, Mercy Watson to the Rescue (Candlewick, 2005).

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