Pirates Past Noon

Pirates Past Noon is a children’s chapter book written by Mary Pope Osborne, and it is book number 4 in the “Magic Treehouse” series. The book is aimed at children between 5 and 9 years old, and is perfect for kids who have just learned to read. It also has beautiful pictures to help the reading along.

Annie and Jack have a magic treehouse filled with books! What makes the treehouse magic is that it can transport them into any picture in any book found in the treehouse library. In this book Annie and Jack go to a treasure island filled with gold thirsty pirates! The scary pirate captain, Cap’n Bones, wants Annie and Jack to find Kidd’s long lost treasure for him, and unless they do so he will keep them locked up in his pirate ship forever! How will Jack and Annie get out of this scrape?

This book is an easy read with short and precise sentences, no difficult words or long descriptions, and is perfect for young readers. It has mystery and adventure and all the traditional pirate ingredients needed to cook up a perfect story for little children; a parrot named Polly (who isn’t quite what she seems), a disheveled pirate crew, a treasure map, a Jolly Roger waving in the wind, a mean captain, a tropical treasure island and magic gold coins. I kept wishing, while reading this book, that I had a time machine so that I could give this book to my five year old self. She would have adored this book!
And definitely made her father build her a treehouse so that she could fill it with books and pretend that the treehouse could take her into to those books! 😄😄😄

This story is too simple to be one of those books you will enjoy reading as an adult. Having said that, you will still have a wonderful time reading this book out loud to a little child. It also gives you a perfect opportunity to make fierce pirate voices! 😂😂😂.

I absolutely recommend this wonderful book to children who are just starting out on their reading adventure, whether that is at 4 or 8 years old. All small children will delight in this book!

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Magic Marks the Spot

“Magic marks the spot” is a children’s book written by Caroline Carlson. This is the first book in a series called ” The very nearly honorable league of pirates”. It is aimed at children from 9 years and up, but I think smaller children will also love this book.

Hilary is a young girl who dreams of being a pirate, but with a father who is an admiral in the navy, it is not a career choice her parents particularly support. Instead she is sent to an academy of high society girls where she is supposed to learn how to swoon and waltz and crochet. Naturally Hilary cooks up a plan to escape, and when she sees an advert for “crew wanted” on a pirate ship she seizes her chance.

I absolutely adored this book! It is funny, sweet, clever and creative. I love how it is not gold and diamonds the pirates are after but magic! I love the heroine, Hilary, she is kind, determined, confident, sensitive and fiercely courageous. She is a breath of fresh air in the current literary climate, where female heroines are often rude, defensive, hostile and selfish, all in the pretense of being independent and strong. But being rude is NOT the same as being confident. There is a scene in the book that sums up what I mean: while hunting for treasure Hilary and her crew mate Charlie face a big wall they have to get over. First, Charlie tries to lift Hilary over the wall, when that doesn’t work, Hilary tries lifting Charlie, but she is also unsuccessful, so they start looking for secret passageways through the wall instead.

The language in this book flows so easily, and there is something to entertain you and make you laugh out loud on every page, so you don’t have to race-read to the end to get to the action part, or to find out how it eventually ends. The dialogue is super witty and clever and highly entertaining. I especially love the gargoyle, an enchanted stone figure with the most fabulous personality.

I will very very strongly recommend this book, to girls, boys, and to adults. I think it is a perfect book to read out loud together with a child. Even to very small children. This book is just a wonderful treat, especially to pirate lovers! To me, Hilary represents exactly the kind of pirate I dreamt of being when I was little.

Of course five fat shiny stars to this magical book! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟