24th October '18
A fantastic story about a mission to save the McScurvy traditions. A pirate family have recently become more like landlubbers than the children in the family would like, going to work in their 'ordinary jobs' like stacking shelves in a supermarket and living on land instead of out on the open ocean. So one day when the children are left to fend for themselves one, with nothing but their prized pet parrot Pedro to keep them in check they quickly find themselves in hot water. Vic, Bert and Maud quickly become bored and try and find something fun to do that they wouldn't usually be able to do if their parents were home, but when toddler Maud goes missing Vic and Bert are beside themselves with worry and quickly make it their mission to find her and bring her back to safety. Along the way they find two ordinary children of similar ages dressed as pirates and together they make a bid to find their little sister. Will they be able to find their sister again and will they be able to reach her out at sea in the middle of nowhere, with no knowledge of maps and navigation and a potential arch-enemy in their wake? And will they be able to do it all and be back in time for when mom and dad return from work? Full of humour about bottoms, farts and silly faces this book is perfect for children aged 6-11. I read it to my year 2 class and they’ve absorbed it all so eagerly I was amazed at how much they’d invested their own interest in it but extremely glad they did. It is a treasure and definitely worth having in the collection. Since teaching a topic called Land Ahoy, all about pirates I’ve built up quite a collection but this is easily my favourite. The attention to detail was perfect and an excellent example from a teaching point of view when learning about description, the introduction of Captain Guillemot was fantastic and although there are pictures they aren’t in colour so the language is even more valuable, it definitely added to the experience. I love the suspense and cliff hangers at the end of each chapter, the children would always shout “Noooo!” when it was time to end a chapter because they were extremely excited for what was to come. At the end of the book they all erupted into applause and I have never had that before so it was a beautiful moment to witness.
The children also wanted to add their own opinions:
AT aged 6: “I liked the book because it made me laugh because of what Maud hid in her nappy. I also liked it when Maud was rowing a boat and they tried to catch her but she shouted Go away poopoo bums. It was very funny.”
IS aged 6: “I liked it when Captain Guillemot went mad when they took their sister.”
TM aged 7: “I liked the bit where Vic and Bert were begging Arabella for a ride on their boat because they were calling themselves names and it was funny.”
BA aged 6: “I liked it when Maud was posing wearing Captain Guillemot’s waistcoat because it was really funny. I could imagine her doing it.”
AS aged 6: “I liked it when Guillemot fell in the water because it made me laugh.”
A-MA aged 6: “My favourite bit was when Vic said smell the candy because it made me hungry.”
RW aged 6: “I liked it when they were thinking about what they should do to Captain Guillemot.”
SA aged 6: “I liked it because I was excited for what would happen next.”
MSA aged 6: “My favourite character was Maud because she was funny and did silly stuff.”
One child favoured Captain Guillemot while five children thought Maud was the best. Vic was the favourite character of three children and Bert was favoured by one of the children and one of the children also liked Arabella.