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Captain Beastlie’s Pirate Party by Lucy Coats and Chris Mould

Captain Beastlie's Pirate Party: Lucy Coats & Chris Mould (Nosy Crow, 2014)

Captain Beastlie’s Pirate Party: Lucy Coats & Chris Mould (Nosy Crow, 2014)

Pirates and birthdays, what’s not to love? And from the talented team of Lucy Coats, Chris Mould and Nosy Crow? Well, that’s kids and adults happy then. I’m not sure I’ve met a child that doesn’t like pirates. If you think about it, it’s an odd theme for children as I think real-life pirates weren’t actually all that nice. But then children like enormous prehistoric beasties that ripped their prey apart, and creepy crawly hairy things, and fairies, so their tastes are a bit on the bloodthirsty side.

Captain Beastlie is the most disgusting pirate you’ll ever have the misfortune to meet. He sleeps with rotten cabbages, he eats things that come out of his nose and ear, he… Excuse me while I shudder a little here. If your children like the grossness of Morris the Mankiest Monster (Giles Andreae & Sarah McIntyre) then they’ll love Captain Beastlie. However, he lives on a squeaky clean ship, with the neatest of shipmates, so he must have some redeeming features as they seem to like him.

The story itself is full of delights. We count down with Captain Beastlie from Monday to Saturday, surreptitiously sneaking in days of the week and counting down from five reinforcement into the text, as he does a selection of really disgusting things and his crew carry on in the background.

The background, oh the background! Picture books come in all types, and minimal pictures can work exceptionally well, but I do love a book where the illustrations give you something new on many repeat readings, and small children do love their repeat readings… There is of course part of the story happening in the illustrations – the crew collecting wrapping paper, cards, and other birthday treats without the oblivious captain noticing. But there’s also the wonderful detail in the pirate ship, and little touches like 5 rotten cabbages on Monday but look out for them on the other days of the week and count how many there are each day. Wonderful!

I won’t spoil the surprise of what happens to the captain on his birthday, but I will mention the wonderful skull shaped birthday cake. Mmmm… Oh, and the song the pirates sing to the Captain will have polite children gasping (and giggling!) From an inclusivity viewpoint, there are no clichéd peg legs or eyepatches for these pirates, plus the cabin ‘boy’ is a girl (with no pink and not wearing a dress, but she’s still a girl…)

This is a star of a book, expertly written and stunningly illustrated. Nosy Crow have published Hardback and Paperback on the same day which gives a choice (I love to give hardback picture books for presents, but it’s not feasible to always buy them for home) RRP £10.99/£6.99 and almost certainly looking gorgeous on the shelf of your local indie bookshop right now (published 6th Feb.)

A huge hit with my daughters, and a fun book for girls and boys of all ages. Probably best for pre-school and up.

Disclosure: Received from Nosy Crow for review.

MG Blog: Attack of the Slime by Tim Healey & Chris Mould

Attack of the Slime: Tim Healey & Chris Mould (Hodder Children's Books, 2013)

Attack of the slime

it is about mortimer keene/and his slime.

the teachers are called mortimer keene/mr bevan/mrs moray/mr field/mrs macnee/mr smart/mr green/mr james

there is a mouse in evry page exseped for 1 page dose not have the mouse in it.

it is mostley green/ black and white it ts quite intresting/100 times good/it is compleatley ok/it was icstremley intresstingley good/it was not bad at all.

i liked it when the mouse goed on top of the slime/and when the slime comes out from behind the door/i like the book a lot more than my sisster and 9999 my sisster only likes it about 100 but my sisster rosie can not read becuse she is only four 4 years old and i am six 6 years old and i am 1 one year older than her but i am near 7 years old and there is soon going to be 2 difrentses

it is quite a long book to read /and it is intresstinding than tunse of uther books i like it so much i can not discribe it a single bit/or a tiny wheeny bit not even the slitest moste smallest bit.

i all so like it when they made a big boat and sailed across the school*that was covered-in gooy sticky slime with out the chilldren it was so very funny.


Disclosure: We were sent a copy of Attack of the Slime by Hachette Children’s Books for review. This means very little to a six-year-old, and it’s impossible to influence their opinion.

Editor’s Note: I added the picture, title, category, tags and disclosure. Everything else was thought up and typed independently by MG with no parental input. I’m not sure why she thinks she’s only a year older than her sister today!