We’re very excited to be part of the ‘Reading Rocks’ blog tour, celebrating some of the best summer reads from Little Tiger. We’re even more thrilled that we get to champion this book, which is the debut of author-illustrator, Maxine Lee.
‘Pi-Rat!’ by Maxine Lee tells the story of one scurvylicious scamp as he navigates the high seas.
Pi-Rat is a frightening foe, causing all those to encounter him to quiver in their boots. The boys were particularly afraid when they read that Pi-Rat might eat their dinner – stealing treasure is apparently something they could cope with, but the idea that they may not have enough food one day was ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING.
Pi-Rat doesn’t work alone and his fearsome crew are ready and willing to join him in living a pirate’s life on the good (or should that be bad?) ship, ‘The Soapy Dodger’. There is a clue in that name as to the twist at the end of the tale, and I personally love it when books have those subtle humorous elements included for adults / older readers.
Pi-Rat and his crew are scared of nothing, not crocodiles…
or the dark…
or even sharks. C and H have a highly developed interest in predatory sea creatures thanks to their love of the Octonauts, so they were especially impressed by Pi-Rat’s bravery in dealing with these ravenous toothsome fish.
Suddenly, however, there is a problem – spotted by Pi-Rat himself through his handy telescope. This unidentifiable creature sends them into a panic, hurriedly saying their goodbyes and preparing for their last minutes on this mortal coil.
Luckily, Pi-Rat’s cheeky / sheepish expression in the final spread reveals to us that there was, in fact, no monster. Instead, there was a mumster, who if she is anything like me was probably trying a bit of creative role play as a diversionary tactic to stop her child splashing all the water out of the bath while simultaneously managing to clean precisely NO part of his body ;)