An original take on a pirate story. This book’s wacky humour that will appeal to children of picture book age.
This is the story of a pirate. He’s a very piratey pirate. He has everything a pirate is supposed to have – a curvy sword, a feathered friend, a wooden leg and even a catchphrase. (Yo, ho, hi and a bottle of orange squash. And a dish of seeds for me parrot). There is just one very important thing he doesn’t have. He doesn’t have a name because he’s forgotten it! Hopefully, however, one is his pirate friends will be able to remind him.
I’ve now read a few books from Maverick by Lou Treleaven and her wacky imagination almost always appeals. In this story she doesn’t disappoint introducing us to a group of pirates with some truly wonderful names. Boastful pirates with names such as Captain Champion, Captain Win-at-everything, and Captain My-hook’s-bigger-than-your-hook. Romantic pirates called things like Captain Sunset, Captain Stillwater and Captain Dreamboat. And, best of all, bearded pirates named Captain Megabeard, Captain Weirdybeard and – my personal favourite – Captain There’s-parrots-in-me-beard.
The story itself is very simple but with a strong beginning, middle and end. The ways our pirate hero tries to find his name are both entertaining and particularly original. With a bit of help from the parrot, I did guess his name a few pages before the revelation. However, this doesn’t mean that children will and it certainly didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book. Besides, pirate stories have pretty much guaranteed with some children, most especially picture book age boys.
The pictures are very bright and colourful with all the stereotypical requirements for a pirate picture book – a peg leg, eyepatch, parrot, spotted headdress, tricorn hat, hammock etc. All the characters are appealing and I chuckled at the images of the screaming fans that seem to follow Captain Dreamboat everywhere. My favourite has to be the illustrations of the wonderfully expressive green parrot who appears on every page wearing a pirate hat.
If you enjoyed this and are looking for another pirate-themed picture book you might like to try You’re not a Proper Pirate, Sidney Green by Ruth Quayle & Deborah Allwright or the swashbuckling adventure in Pizza for Pirates by Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain and Lee Wildish.