Review: Unipiggle: Mermaid Mayhem by Hannah Shaw

I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb: Unipiggle and Princess Pea are so excited to be on HOLIDAY! They can’t wait to build sandcastles and explore the magical underwater town, Mermaid Springs. But then the King is swept away in a WHIRLPOOL. The mermaids think he has been taken by a mysterious undersea creature…who likes to BURP a lot. Can Unipiggle and Princess Pea brave the bubbles to find his secret lair and save the King?


Title: Unipiggle: Mermaid Mayhem

Author: Hannah Shaw

Illustrator: Hannah Shaw

Publisher: Usborne

Genre: Fiction, Children’s, 5-8, Adventure



Join Unipiggle and Princess Pea on another adventure, this time on their summer holidays! Unipiggle is looking forward to relaxing on the beach and eating ice cream but when the king is sucked beneath the waves, his excellent nose becomes the key to saving the summer!

If you’re in the market for a fun, silly, summery read that’s packed with mermaids, vegetable ice cream and a unicorn pig then look no further! This is a perfect story for little bookworms heading into their summer holidays, for fans of musical mermaids and lovers of underwater adventure. My favourite thing about this book is one of our main characters, Unipiggle. A pig with a magical unicorn horn is something that I’ve never come across outside of this book series and really sums up just how fun and silly these books are. There’s laugh out loud moments as well as teachable moments designed to keep readers interested but also to help them to develop their personalities. The storyline is exciting and fast paced, and accompanied by fabulous illustrations that really bring these characters to life. Shaw combines words and illustrations to weave a story that will have readers needing to get their hands on the rest of the series! This makes this book a fantastic option if you’re looking to move on from picture books as you still get the benefit of lots of pictures but there’s a more structured story element to enjoy.

I also want to point out here that although this book is the third instalment of the Unipiggle series, you don’t need to have read the other two books before this one. This is another thing I love about this series as readers will be able to dive into a fun story without wondering who’s who. I think this is brilliant, especially for this younger age group, as it keeps stories uncomplicated and offers no reason for little bookworms to be put off or get confused.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this book to any little readers (or their parents!) who are looking to move on from picture books while keeping reading fun, exciting and full of laughs!


Rating: 4/5

Recommend?: Yes

Have you read this book? Or maybe you’ve read something similar? What did you think? I’d love to know!

You can always find me over on Twitter if you’d like to discuss this book (or any others that I’ve featured) in more detail ðŸ˜Œ

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