182. The Great Piratical Rumbustification by Margaret Mahy
The Great Piratical Rumbustification by Margaret Mahy Published June 2012 Hachette Australia (Orion) From the publisher:
Yo ho ho! Pirate stew, plenty of rum, and a festive flare across the sky can only mean one thing - it's time for a great pirate party!Yo ho ho! Pirate stew, plenty of rum, and a festive flare across the sky can only mean one thing - it's time for a great pirate party! A brand new edition of this funny and accessible pirate story by award-winning author Margaret Mahy, with illustrations by Quentin Blake.
This is a title that many of you may recognise, and if you do then you
would be right in thinking that this isn’t a new book at all, so why is she
reading it? This book is indeed far from new, it was originally published
in 1978. It’s a huge favourite of those who know it, and it has been out
of print for some time. I am a big Margaret Mahy fan, but I will admit
that I have never read this book! So, I will include it in my year of
reading, as this edition is indeed new, and as I get feeling I should really
have read this and I would be doing myself a disservice NOT to include it.
One of the areas that parents/teachers struggle with is finding good
reads for good younger readers, that aren’t part of a series. Also
finding simple, short amusing reads that non readers will pick up and hopefully
catch that reading bug. Well here we have another one. The term
rollicking springs to mind after reading this book, it is like a wave of
craziness and fun that just carries you along to the end.
The title itself starts us off on the right note, 'rumbustification',
what a great word. Inside the book we meet Mr and Mrs Terrapin and their
three sons, Alpha Olivier and Omega. The Terrapins have just moved into a
very large house, and Mr Terrapin is not really coping with the amount of money
it will take to pay it off. The boys are looking forward to the
adventures promised to them when they move to a bigger house, and 'can expand'.
Mr and Mrs Terrapin decide to dine with the wealthy Sir John, to see if
they can figure out how he became so rich, But...if they go out they will need
to organise a babysitter. Enter the first pirate, Orpheus Clinker,
retired pirate, turned child minder. While the parents are away the
retired pirate and the adventure seeking boys see the perfect opportunity to
host the long overdue Pirate Party, and so with pirates from near and far
turning up on the Terrapins doorstep, the Rumbustification begins.
A really good choice for good younger readers, but it would also become a classroom favourite of read aloud.
Who will like this
book: Boys and girls age 6+ Read it if you like: Pirates