Ten Little Pirates: Mike Brownlow & Simon Rickerty (Orchard Books, 2013)
Five girl and five boy pirates start on an adventure in this delightful rhyming counting book; and are dispatched one by one by a variety of creatures, natural events and other means… This book is wonderful!
Told in rhyme, which scans beautifully, and leads children to correctly work out the next number counting down. The number symbol of remaining pirates is shown on the bottom left hand corner of each double spread, and the number word is in large, bold text (in the same font) on the top middle left spread. This will help cement number symbols and words into young children’s memories without them noticing 😉 Or if they already can read the number symbols, they will delight in pointing it out (in the case of DG, 4) or can just read the whole book (in the case of MG, 6!)
Six little pirates,
trying to stay alive.
Chomp! goes a giant squid –
now there are…
But what about all this chomping and zapping of pirates you may ask? Ah, well, maybe at the end the last lonely pirate isn’t alone for long, and there’s an opportunity to count up to ten again… DG has been choosing this book regularly (“again!”) and joins in with the “Arrrrrrr!”s and counting the numbers down. MG loves reading it. The clear cartoon art is attractive to young children, and still enjoyable for older ones. Suitable for little ones who love pirates and monsters, this has been a huge hit here!
Pi-rat: Maxine Lee (Caterpillar Books, 2013)
Avast and shiver me timbers! Meet Pi-rat and his dastardly crew, afeared of no-one and nothing… Ah, but here comes the scariest hairiest creature of them all – to get pi-rat out of his bath!
Another wonderful piratey book. We’ve been utterly spoilt. This would also be a great introduction to the idea of comics, because it’s mainly told through speech bubbles and gloriously anarchic images. Every small child would love to have the freedom Pi-rat’s crew has, to do whatever they want. This shows that you can do anything in your imagination, and the scariest monster might just be your closest ally after all.
Another book that DG loves and requests be read repeatedly. Lovely for toddlers and up, but older children will understand the imagination / reality twist better. A must for all pirate-mad children and their grown-ups!
Disclaimer: We were sent copies of Ten Little Pirates by Hachette Children’s Books and Pi-rat by Little Tiger Press for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.