Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Plunge into the Pirate Pool by Caryl Hart and Ed Eaves (Simon and Schuster Children's Books)

What happens when an ordinary trip to the swimming pool turns into a pirate-tastic adventure? Young Albie finds out on a tired, rainy day that excitement and adventure await just around the corner - when you use your imagination.

Kids who love pirates (are there actually any kids who DON'T?) will instantly find this book appealing. We loved Ed's "Steampunky" pirates and their fantastic Shark-shaped sub. As the adventure unfolds with the absolutely essential search for hidden treasure, Albie and the pirates (including - HOORAY - a rather fetching girl pirate in the gang. The world needs more girl pirates!) discover a treasure chest protected by a rather fierce looking Octopus.

Can Albie and his new-found friends win the day, snag the treasure and be home in time for marmite on toast?

There's lots of nuances and little details in this book. Dipping into the wonderful imagination of a child will undoubtedly allow your own children to imagine their own cool adventures too!

Charlotte's best bit: The girl pirate and the fabulous treasure.

Daddy's favourite bit: Just how we like our pirates. Steampunky and utterly fearless. Hooray!

(Kindly sent to us for review by Simon and Schuster Children's Books)