Monday, 6 November 2017

Review: 'Pirates in Classroom 3' by Alison Donald and Ben Whitehouse

Ezra is rather fascinated with pirates at the moment. I think it's down to catching bits of 'Swashbuckle' on TV - if he so much as sees a picture or hears the word 'pirate' he'll swing his arm and say 'arrr!' It's rather cute!

The lovely people at Maverick Books sent me some lovely books recently and I was excited to see a pirate-themed one, 'Pirates in Classroom 3' by Alison Donald and Ben Whitehouse. I knew straight away Ezra would love it!



It's a really fun story - a class of young children are one day visited by a pirate searching for treasure and go off on a little adventure with him to find the loot he's after. I love how, although the main child character is a boy, the story shows both boys and girls enthusiastically joining in with the adventure.



Eleanor got to the book before me so was the first to test it out. She really enjoyed it, said it was very funny and that her favourite bit was, "the bad pirate who said really funny things!" Being set in a classroom, it's a really good story for older preschoolers and younger school-age children who could imagine themselves going on an adventure from their own classroom.

When I read it with Ezra there was a lot of enthusiastic arrr-ing going on! As he's still quite small the story went over his head, but he absolutely loved the pictures - once we had read it, he kept turning the pages over to look at the little details in each spread. I particularly liked how expressive the faces were - even though the illustration style is quite simple, you could still spot a range of different expressions. So as Ezra pointed at the different children I could talk about their emotions - "that girl looks excited! That boy looks a bit scared."

We really enjoyed 'Pirates in Classroom 3' and definitely think it's one we'll read over and over - so I'd better improve my dodgy pirate voice!!

DISCLAIMER: I was given one copy of the book for the purposes of this review, but all words and opinions are my own. Well, apart from the ones that were my child's!

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10 comments:

  1. I love the way that this story combines the familiar school situation with pirates. Have fun practising your pirate voices :o)

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    1. Yes, it's a great way to make the adventure more relatable! Arr!

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  2. This looks like the short of book my son would have loved when he was a preschooler - and the opportunity to do a silly pirate voice is never one to be missed I find. My little girl is still a bit too young for this, but I will definitely keep it in mind once she hits her pirate stage! #readwithme

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    1. My pirate voice is terrible, kind of wanders into West Country farmer!!

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  3. The pirate theme always goes down well with my kids!! This one looks highly entertaining, thank you for sharing with #readwithme

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    1. Got to love a good (fictional) pirate!!

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  4. That looks a very entertaining story! There's so many fun pirate stories around, for kids right up to the age of about 9 or 10 (Eddy Stone's Epic Holiday Mash Up springs to mind!).

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    1. If Ezra's interest in pirates continues for that long I'll check out that title, thanks!

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  5. My two love pirate books, I'm sure they would really enjoy this one! #readwithme

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  6. Who doesn't love a good pirate story?!

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