THE PIG SCROLLS by Paul Shipton
Updated: Mar 22
This was a reread for me and it was just as funny as I remember! A bit low-brow (Gryllus wasn't exactly the pinnacle of enlightened humor) but still funny.
This book is just a fun read for a middle-school audience and I think this is perfect as this is the time when many kids start reading things like Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan, which often sparks a love of Greek mythology. I know it did in me! That love of Greek mythology was what eventually lead me to find this book and its sequel, The Pig Who Saved The World.
I have not heard much about this book - nothing at all in fact. This is a shame as it seems to have the Greek mythology theme and snarky, sarcastic humor that is found in more popular books down pat. Again, the humor is a bit unrefined (nose picking and fart jokes anyone?) but for those in middle school and maybe even below that this book would be super funny.
This book is what it is - a simple, fun romp through ancient Greece with a human-turned-pig, a prophetess-in-training, and a goatherd. And they have to save the world. That's a pretty big goal for a pig that thinks bad jokes are good.
If you're looking for a silly, easy read with a Greek mythology basis, you may enjoy this book!