Reviewed by David Ashworth
“There once was a pirate. A very piratey pirate. He had everything a pirate was supposed to have”. So begins the story of the pirate who lost his name. After a blow to the head the pirate cannot remember his own name and sets about on a journey amongst colourful pirate characters and fantastical pirate places in search of his identity.
One of the latest offerings from Maverick Publishing, The Pirate Who Lost His Name is written by master storyteller Lou Treleaven and illustrated by Genie Espinosa. Treleaven (Not Yet A Yeti, Penpals On Pluto, Turns Out I’m An Alien) was first published in 2016 with Letter to Pluto and has since gone on to write a series of children’s stories fuelled by her love and intrigue of the human imagination. Genie Espinosa is an accomplished illustrator and sites Disney as a big influence on her work, she uses bright colours and dynamic characters to really bring the stories to life.
The prose of Lou Treleaven’s pirate based adventure provides numerous pirate based puns and humour as well as the excellent pacing of the story keep younger ones interested until the very last page. The excellent illustrations by Genie Espinosa are reminiscent of Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom and provide an amazing and colourful visual aid to accompany the story.
At a recommended retail price of £7.99 this book would be an excellent addition to any child’s book case aged from probably about four and over, however my two year old also enjoyed pointing out the weird and wonderful beards of each of the pirates and the illustrations make this book really accessible to all age groups, particularly those who love a good pirate story. So, with a yo ho ho, I would give this book a five out of five star rating.
RRP: £7.99 (Paperback)