Friday, 1 June 2012
The Great Piratical Rumbustification by Margaret Mahy
Yo ho ho! Pirate stew, plenty of rum, and a festive flare across the sky can only mean one thing - it's time for a great pirate party! Yo ho ho! All across the city, the pirates are getting restless and long for a party. So when a retired pirate comes to babysit for the Terrapin family, they are in for quite a surprise...From the rumbustious author and artist team of Margaret Mahy, winner of the Carnegle medal, and Quentin Blake, the first Children's Laureate, and best known for his partnership with Roald Dahl, this is a dazzling story which will delight pirate loving boys everywhere.
This book is a great read for young wannabe pirates of all ages. The first thing that I realised about this book was that it is not the normal, run of the mill pirate adventure book. It is not set on the great seas or a pirate ship and is not all 'me ship mates' speak!
This book is set in a city and the main pirate is a babysitter who works for the Mother Goose Baby Sitting Service and uses the homes he sits in to host a fantastic party.
The book is a short read but is jam packed with pirate adventure of a different nature. The book is also full of the signature sketchy illustrations by Quentin Blake who captures the mischief perfectly.
I would recommend this book to any pirate fans who wants something a little different to read.
Thank you to the publishers, Orion Children's books, for sending me the book to review.