The Pirates’ Picnic by Angela McAllister Review


Reviewed by Andrew Bennett

The Pirates’ Picnic is a great addition to the Early Reader series. This one is part of the blue group of books, described as being “Perfect for sharing and reading together”. As a welcome break from the slow paced reading of school text books, I sat down with my 5 and 2 year old boys to find out more about this picnic.

It is a story about a group of pirates who saddened that they had not been finding treasure for several weeks decide to go on a picnic to cheer themselves up. This is suggested by the youngest, the cabin boy who is immediately met with a rather grumpy response from his crew mates. However the trip goes ahead and although it appears to be turning out like all their previous disastrous picnics, an accident which sees their food and games drift away result in more riches than they had planned and the best picnic.

The book is set out well with lots of bright illustrations and minimal sentences per page, resulting in frequent page turns, something which kept the attention of my 2 year old, someone who will usually get down and play part way through his story. With The Pirates’ Picnic, he stayed for the duration.

Although a short story book, it contains a contents page, page numbers and the story is set out in chapters which my 5 year old liked as they had been talking about these in school last week. With pirates, a boat, a whale, a nipping mouse, rotten eggs and a tropical island cafe, there is ample to discuss with your children whilst reading and equally good to read on its own.

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £4.99 (Paperback)

Available to buy from Amazon here.


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