We’re big fans of Elli Woollard here, and as Monkey starts to transition from picture books to chapter books, we’ve been enjoying Swashbuckle Lil and the Secret Pirate.
Published through Macmillan Children’s Books on 19th May, the book is aimed at children aged 5 years and over, and its been a big hit here.
As you all know, we are very much still in the Mummy has to read to me stage, with any books other than set school books. But as long as the love of books is there, that’s the main thing for me. I read with Monkey every evening and we’ve enjoyed getting to know Swashbuckle Lil and follow her adventures through the 89 pages.
The text is punctuated throughout with action illustrations by Laura Ellen Anderson which Monkey has appreciated.
As the name suggests Swashbuckle Lil is not an ordinary school girl, she is often to be found having a pirate adventure. She’s a dreamer but those dreams might just save the school. Can she save her teacher Miss Lubber and the sports day trophies from the dastardly Stinkbeard? He is, after all pirate that all pirates fear!
The book is full of humour. Monkey loved it when poor Lil accidentally tied up the Headmaster instead of Stinkbeard. She could jump through the trees like a Monkey (with a little help from a trampoline). Does Miss Lubber appreciate the lengths that Swashbuckle Lil goes to, to save her? Sadly not!
But our little heroine will shine through in the end, and she wins the day. Priced at £5.99, I’ve included my Amazon Affiliate link below, as we recommend this book for all young readers. It’s entertaining and just the sort of story that Monkey loves.
disclosure: we were sent the item mentioned in exchange for an honest review