11th July '16
The story follows a family of pirates who move into a quiet seaside town and begin to reak havoc by playing loud music, scaring ducks, brnadishing cutlasses and many more piratey antics. The neighbours are angry at the arrival of these noisy visitors and do everything in their power to remove them from their neighbourhood. Only one child actually likes them and she strikes up a beautiful friendship with the young son. He shows her what life as a pirate is like and she happily indulges. Soon the pirates decide to go and leave all the neighbours a present. Everyone knows that x marks the spot of treasure and when they wake the next morning they find their gardens are marked with a large x. All of the neighbours start digging and find their own treasure including gold and rich jewels. Their opinions of the pirates soon change, wishing they hadn't left, calling them kind people and wishing they'd had time to say goodbye. I read this to my class for our Land Ahoy topic where we read as many pirate books as possible to immerse ourselves in the world of being a pirate. The illustrations are bold and beautiful and perfectly matched with the writing to create a stunning book. The children all adored this book and have read it many many times. The text has a great selection of familiar and unfamiliar words that children can listen to or read alone. It's a perfect book for introducing speech as they have many examples of spoken words written inside speech bubbles. It allowed the children to understand what exactly was being said and who was saying it. My 2 year old nephew adores looking at the pictures and making pirate sounds as I read the book to him, it's a lengthy book for his attention span, being so young, so we often skip some pages. However my class of 6 and 7 year olds find it enthralling and will sit and listen in absolute silence to find out what happens next. They've heard it many times before but never fail to get excited by it. They took great delight in making pirate sounds/saying pirate words to link in with the sounds the characters said, such as 'Ahoy!' 'Ahhh Jim lad.' etc.
Some of their comments about the book are as follows:
I liked the rhyming words. It makes the book funny.
I love the pictures and the ending is my favourite. The people should have been nice to the pirates. They were kind.
My favourite part was when everyone found their treasure. I wish I could find some treasure.
I'd love a friend like Jim. He was fun and naughty.