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Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey

Written by Alex Milway
Illustrated by Alex Milway
Part of the Pigsticks and Harold Series

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A wonderfully humorous adventure for Pigsticks and his friends Harold when they decide they must set off on a journey of discovery to the Ends of the Earth. Pigsticks is determined to prove that he has the mettle of his forbears, Harold turns up just in time for an adventure of his lifetime! Pigsticks loves adventure, luckily, Harold has a lot of commonsense – and a great deal of cake! The story of the two intrepid travellers is a delight.

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Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Lauren Carver, age 7 - 'I think Pigsticks and Harold is a very funny book with funny names.  They are trying to find the end of the earth.  The reason I like Harold is because he loves CAKE like me!' Read full review >
  • Lauren Randall, age 6 - 'I liked all the interesting pictures and especially the part with the parachute.' Read full review >
  • Matthew Wilson, age 6 - 'This is a REALLY great book. It's really funny (especially Bobbins the angry mouse).' Read full review >
  • Grace Philpot, age 7 - 'This book tells the story of a pig called Pigsticks and a hamster called Harold. It is a funny adventurous story...I found it very easy to read and I liked the illustrations.' Read full review >
  • Luke Douglas, age 6 - 'Pigsticks wants to go to the end of the earth, but he wants a partner to go with him. He chooses Harold the hamster. Really good...Funny and I liked the pictures.' Read full review >
  • Robyn Chorley, age 5 (and mum) - This was a great book to share with Robyn...It was very funny and had us both laughing out loud.' Read full review > 
  • Oliver Lonsdale, age 6 - 'Very funny book, I loved Pigsticks and Harold particulary who loved his cake. The pictures are lovely and I hope he has more adventures.' Read full review >
  • Evie Aconley, age 7 - 'A fun adventure book that takes you to the end of the world...It was funny and made me smile!' Read full review >
  • Isabel, age 6 - 'It is great to read, I loved reading it...I got the jokes and I liked the drawings a lot.' Read full review >
  • Bella Hussain, age 7 - 'The story is very funny made me smile!' Read full review >
  • Daniel Bisland, age 6 - 'I enjoyed the book because I like adventures. I love the colourful pictures in the book. I like Pigsticks and Harold because they are the main characters and they are funny.' Read full review >
  • Aaraav Mehta, age 5 - 'It was a great adventure going to the Ends of the Earth with the two friends, Harold and Pigsticks.' Read full review >
  • Jessica Cobbin, age 7 - 'I love this book, and I want to read more books in this series.' Read full review >
  • Val Cobbin, Jessica's Mum - 'I think that books like this with their lavish illustrations and humorous touches are a great way to get children enthused about books.' Read full review >


Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey by Alex Milway

Pigsticks and Harold set off on a journey to the Ends of the Earth armed only with a sense of adventure (Pigsticks'), common sense (Harold's), and a lot of cake. They pick their way through jungles, trek across deserts and climb a huge mountain, but the Ends of the Earth are always just out of reach. When their last crumb of cake is stolen and it doesn't look like they'll ever make it home again, they finally find the Ends of the Earth - in the last place they'd ever think to look.


I think it is fair to say they are headed for Centre Parcs Families Magazine Full colour illustrations packed with visual jokes, ideal for childre beginning to read confidently MADE Magazine An entertaining story ...illustrations are energetic and colourful ... an enjoyable and lively read Books for Keeps Alex Milway's book is a treat...more please! Financial Times This highly entertaining story - saga almost - is just the kind of thing to keep readers turning the pages to see what is coming next. The illustrations too are splendid: ranging from some taking almost an entire double spread to others that are vignettes; most show so much more than we are told in the words. It's a wonderful mix of subtle humour and near slapstick; pretty near perfect for that in-between stage of reading. More please Red Reading Hub Pigsticks and Harold are a delightfully off-beat duo who bring with them a breath of big world fresh air and a backpack full of laughter. They're quirky, wonderfully accident prone and will tickle the funny bone of any child who loves zany humour and madcap adventure. A colourful and lively story Lancashire Evening Post A fabulous book that gets the imagination running wild Babybuzz Magazine It's all quick and cartoonish, silly yet charming, and hopefully part of a series, as it strikes me the young reader's shelves could do with more of those qualities from the friendly paws of this particular duo The Book Bag Pure, joyous silliness abounds in a story about ambition, trust, self-belief, and the dangers of goats Financial Times A hilariously illustrated young reader book ideal for children ages 5 or older (but stacked with comic references that adults will also love) Bath Life A charming tale The Glasgow Herald Original and unusual arousel

About the Author

Alex Milway has always enjoyed making up stories and, after leaving art college, he discovered that he liked to write and illustrate them as well. His interest in furry creatures first reared its head in the The Mousehunter trilogy, where weird and wonderful mice ran riot all over the world. In The Mythical 9th Division, the fur quota got even bigger, as he had to master the art of drawing a troop of yetis whose main purpose was to save the world. His new series, Pigsticks and Harold, features a furry hamster and a decidedly un-furry pig. Alex is now a full-time author-illustrator and works from his home in London, SE20.

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Book Info


84 pages
Interest Age: From 6


Alex Milway
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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

1st May 2014




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