This is a fun book that is written with a lot of rhythm and rhyme. The illustrations are vibrant and fun as to be expected from artist Glenn Jones. The front of the book poses a challenge with kiwiana treasures for the reader to find on each page. The poor Pirate is trying to find a word that rhymes with carrot and shares his frustration with the reader. In the end my class were shouting at the pirate as he tried so many different words before realising the obvious rhyme was with him all the time. A fun way to teach children about rhyming and how we can still read words when they ‘aren’t real’. It would be a great challenge to see how many ‘nonsense words’ they could come with as a follow up activity.
Title: The Rhyming Pirate
Author & Illustrator: Glenn Jones
Publisher: Little Love
Format: Picture book
Publication: November 2021
Themes: Pirates, Rhyming, Kiwiana
Do you have any advisory warnings for this book? no
Would this book work as a read-aloud? Definitely
Is there a particular part of the country that it’s set in? no
Reviewer: Leanne Nathan, Associate Principal, Clendon Park School, Auckland
How are you recommending this book? Highly recommended
What’s the book’s opening sentence? I’m the rhyming pirate.
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