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Captain Jack and the Pirates by Peter Bently and Helen Oxenbury

We first met Jack when he fought the dragon in King Jack and the Dragon and once again the young characters in this book are very appealing. They are beautifully drawn with a huge amount of expression and imagination. The pictures with no colour seem to be telling the ‘real’ story with the full colour ones explaining what the children are imagining and this works well. The rhyming text makes this book easy to navigate with opportunities to stop and engage with the pictures. However, I was a little disappointed as I felt that the humour in King Jack and the Dragon really worked and I don’t feel that the story this time is as engaging.

Reviewed by Elizabeth

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