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Apr 14 2011

Nanny Piggins and the Accidental Blast-off by R.A. Spratt

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Random House, 2011. ISBN 9781864718591.
Highly recommended for ages 8 and up. Nanny Piggins continues to care for Derrick, Samantha and Michael, regularly breaking the rules to which her nemesis, Nanny Anne, rigidly adheres. The children are encouraged not to attend school regularly, hence attracting visits from the truancy officer and even causing the demise of the replacement officer. Life is never dull with Nanny Piggins! The children certainly enjoy different experiences to other youngsters; including a visit to NASA which sees them being blasted into space. Later, they watch their nanny as she competes in the Steel Chef competition. They also participate in other action-packed adventures, such as a visit to the circus to see Boris, Nanny's ballet dancing brother, and stop him from being beaten by a gang of professional wrestlers.
Mr. Brown continues to be anything but an ideal father, despite being involved in a competition through his work to prove otherwise. His absence and lack of interest in his children are challenged by his boss as Mr. Brown attempts to coach the soccer team, despite his children not being involved.
This title, the fourth book in the series, does not disappoint the reader. Each chapter is a self-contained story, filled with humour and adventures, to delight any reader who could only wish to have an irrepressible nanny such as Sarah Piggins.
Jo Schenkel

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