Pirates Don’t Drive Diggers by Alex English Review


Reviewed by Angela Paull

Like most kids of his age, my wee man loves anything to do with Dinosaurs, Motor Vehicles and Pirates. With this book featuring 2 out of 3 of these things it was bound to be a hit.

The story revolves around Brad, a pirate who would rather drive diggers than head off to sea and actually be a pirate. It’s a fun story where the elder Pirates try and make him do all manner of Piratey things without success. Finally he’s sent off to find some buried treasure. As luck would have it, the treasure is hidden near a building site and when Brad’s spade breaks he’s able to borrow a digger from the builders to finish the job.

The story is told in rhyme format so is really easy to read – being a pirate book it gives the adult plenty of opportunity to try out lots of different accents and voices whilst reading it to their child so it’s good fun all round. The typeface is nice and big too so will be an ideal book to keep on the bookshelf ready for when the wee man wants to start reading for himself.

The illustrations are super. Bold and bright with lots of quirky looking pirates to enjoy. For the adults (who are old enough to remember) there’s even a Pirate who’s tidying up the ship in full on Freddie Mercury style – wielding a pink feather duster and vacuum just as in the I Want To Break Free video (perhaps a Pirate who’d rather be a cleaner than a pirate – follow up book maybe, who knows!).


As an adult I really enjoyed this book and my wee man wants it read to him several times a day – which is always a clear sign of how much he’s enjoyed it.

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £6.99 (Paperback)

Available to buy from Amazon here.

For other titles from Maverick Books visit www.maverickbooks.co.uk.


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