Wednesday 21 May 2014

TEN LITTLE PIRATES by Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty

  • Author: Mike Brownlow
    Illustrator: Simon Rickerty
    Publisher: Orchard/Hachette
    Publication:   Hardback, July 2013. Paperback, Fenryary 2014

    Mike Brownlow usually illustrates his own books but here he teams up with Simon Rickerty to produce a gem that I'm sure is destined to become as much a modern classic as Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury's We're Going On A Bear Hunt.

    TEN LITTLE PIRATES is one of those perfect picture books you wish you'd written yourself.   The idea is simplicity istelf.  Taking the rhyme Ten Green Bottles [Sitting on A know the one], it tells of ten little pirates who embark on a nautical adventure only to encounter mishap one by one and get separated from their crew.

    The text, told in jaunty rhyme, uses lots of sound words and propels the simple plot along at the rate of knots.   Rickerty's primary-coloured illustrations make it very obvious that we are in the land of 'let's pretend', making each buccaneer look like a kid dressed up to play.  There are monsters too, including a shark and a giant squid.  They look scary and cute at the same time.

    It's a backward-counting counting books, it's a rhyme, it's an adventure story with lots of scope for joining.  And needless to say, it's got a happy ending, on a deserted treasure island topped with coconut trees.   No home or library should be without this one!   But be warned, your children will be going "Arrr," way way way past their bedtime.

    Ten little pirates sailing out to sea,
    Looking for adventure, happy as can be.
    Are they hunting treasure? Are they going far?
    Ten little pirates all say, "Arrrrrr!"

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    Sue Purkiss said...

    One for my pirate-loving grandchildren - thanks, Saviour!

    Saviour Pirotta said...

    You're welcome, Sue. It's a super book.

    Unknown said...

    Great review. This book looks adorable!

    Saviour Pirotta said...

    Thanks, Alex. I spotted the book in Waterstones and couldn't help buying it for my godson.

    Penny Dolan said...

    Gosh, there's a piratical theme here on the Reviews too - but in a nicer way. Sounds a great picture book, Saviour. Well selected..

    Saviour Pirotta said...

    Just seen your comment, Penny. Heard there's going to be a follow up to this book.

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