Pow Pow Pig 5: Snow Action
A & U Children’s, 2023
240pp., pbk., RRP $A15.99
It is the year 2050 and the world is in trouble. In 2030 the rich animals of the world voted to stop helping the poor and as they became richer, forever seeking bigger and better while discarding their unwanted things instead of sharing them, creating a huge amount of waste. And then the fighting started.
But all is not lost and Piccolo Pig (aka Pow Pow Pig) , inspired by his parents’ role model has yearned to join CHOC (Creatures Helping Other Creatures) to help make the world a better place through small acts of kindness. So as soon as he was old enough he joined, and now, after three years of training it’s Graduation Day. But he and his friends Danielle Duck (aka King Fu Duck), Chelsea Chicken (aka Cha Cha Chicken) and Barry the Goat (aka Barry the Goat) are not in the A Team but the Z Team. So they are the last to be picked when it comes to world-saving missions,
So when a call comes in and they are the only ones left, it is up to them to save the situation. Although they live in 2050, they have time machine that allows them to travel back in time but sometimes it doesn’t work as it should.
This time, they find themselves at the North Pole, and after being rescued from a giant snowball, find themselves in Santa’s village. But when they meet Santa himself he seems a little distracted… two of his reindeer, Comet and Vixen, are missing. And he’s convinced they have not left of their own accord.
And so begins another zany adventure perfect for a Christmas read-aloud. Written for younger independent readers with all the attributes required to support their transition to novels including a larger font, a light-handed layout and many illustrations, as with his other series, embedded in the thoroughly modern characters, action, adventure and humour, there is an underlying message that gives the story more than just fleeting entertainment value. By making the heroes creatures often associated with being underdogs and having them as the Z Team , readers can learn that success can take many forms, that not all battles are won with might and power – a tea towel and a broom can be very effective when used cleverly – and that the desire to do well has to come from within. They can also visit other time periods in an exciting adventure, providing a gentle step into the concept of history and offering an insight into life in those times that is much more fun that facts and figures.
Something for the Christmas stocking of both fans of the series and Anh Do fans generally.