Helen Ishmurzin has read and reviewed David Crosby’s debut picture book, Pirates Vs. Monsters;
|Pirates Hector, Sue and George are crafty, bold and all very proud about besting some of the most grizzly, gruesome monsters. But are they telling the truth? A few new visitors might just set the record straight…|
Three pirates meet “at the old Parrot’s Head” to drink grog and swap stories of defeating fearsome monsters – each more terrifying than the last. The pirates are so engrossed in their tall tales that none of them notices a ship pulling into the harbour outside the window, and some distinctly monster-like shapes emerging…
Pirates vs. Monsters is packed full of humour, and the delightful rhyming text makes it a joy to read aloud. The switching in perspective between the pirates and the threat that’s creeping ever closer to them outside is a bold move for a picture book, but really pays off, as it helps to build up the suspense wonderfully. I also love that one of the pirates is female!
The illustrations are colourful, vibrant and add extra comic details to an already entertaining story. A must-read for all young pirate and monster fans! You can get hold of a copy by clicking one of the links below.