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This review is from: Pigs in Planes: The Chicken Egg-splosion (Paperback)
The Pigs In Planes (or PIPs for short) undertake their second adventure and this time they have a new recruit. Young Curly has always wanted to be a flyer in this heroic team of crime fighters and it looks like he's about to finally get his wish. An emergency call has arrived from Chicken Island; a dastardly crime was committed when someone stole a whole batch of eggs close to hatching. It doesn't take long for the PIPs to arrive on the scene and soon they are on the trail of the criminals. But thanks to overconfidence and carelessness, Captain Peter Porker and Curly are captured while Tammy and Brian are locked in a room face to face with murderous chicks! The evil Colonel Cluck is using a secret serum called Rooster Booster to create an army of super chickens of incredible size and strength and the chicks are the newest arrivals to his forces. The PIPs will have to outsmart this terrifying enemy if they want to save all the islands from being overrun by chickens with an eye on world domination.
The PIPs are a rescue team vaguely reminiscent of the Thunderbirds but instead of the puppet's intense drama this is a much lighter and more humorous adventure. The author seems to take real pleasure by filling his story with quips, puns and "why did the chicken cross the road" style jokes. While this may seem a tad corny to an adult, you can be certain that children will love it.
The plot itself is also amusing and packed with all sorts of goings on, from an attack of killer chicks to a fight to the death between one of the heroes and a huge rooster. There's never a boring moment and whenever things go a bit quiet the personalities of the diverse and bizarre characters more than carry the tale through to the next bit of drama.
This is a book which is bound to attract young readers and will almost certainly keep their interest. A great short chapter book for those moving up from picture stories, it still has plenty of funny little images to break up the text. Hopefully there will be more to this series in the future!