When I saw the title of the latest picture book sent through from Maverick for review, I knew it would be a winner because Pierre loves both diggers and pirates. A closer look revealed that Pirates Don't Drive Diggers is by Alex English, author of Yuck! Said The Yak, that we reviewed last year. (Click through to see what we thought.)
We meet the hapless Brad who really isn't cut out to be a pirate. He gets everything wrong, much to Pierre's delight, and when he is told off, he explains that he doesn't want to be a pirate, he wants to drive diggers. He doesn't get a choice though, which led to an interesting discussion about being what you want to be and following your dreams, regardless of your sex or what your family says.
Brad tries to conform but has a stroke of genius that combines the best of both worlds - he can be a pirate and dig up the hidden treasure ... with a digger !
We loved how he found a compromise that kept everyone happy and once we'd finished the story, we had to go back to the beginning and start all over again, this time looking at the cute illustrations by Duncan Beedie. The whole story is written in rhyme which is always great fun for reading aloud. I can see this one becoming a bedtime fave !
star rating : 5/5
RRP : £6.99
Disclosure : We received a copy of the book in order to write an honest review.