‘The Treasure of Pirate Frank,’ by Mal Peet & Elspeth Graham, illustrated by Jez Tuya.

Ahoy me hearties! There be treasure in these pages!

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This is the tale of a boy and his plucky sea dog who set sail to find the hidden treasure of Pirate Frank.

They sail the stormy seas, trek over snow-capped mountains and brave a gooey swamp, all to reach the tree which marks the spot. However, they’re in for a shock when they get there. They hadn’t counted on running into the fearsome Captain Sally Frank!

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She isn’t about to give up her treasure to a pair of landlubbers, so she chases them all the way back to their ship and off the island of spice and gold.

There’s real rhythm and bounce to this story which builds and builds, much like the traditional rhyme of ‘The House that Jack Built.’ This makes it perfect for children to chant along to as they know exactly what’s coming next.

The twist at the end when our two sailors finally find the treasure chest, is a fun and an unexpected surprise.

One of the last books which husband and wife team, Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham, wrote together before Carnegie Medal Winner, Mal sadly passed away.

A perfect adventure for young pirates everywhere.

Library Girl.

*Thank you to Nosy Crow books for sending me this title to review*

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