Book Review: Pirates in the Library


Pirates in the Library

Written by Nadia Ali

Illustrated by Jake Tebbit

40 pages

Published by Star Bright Books

Age range: 6 +

Publication date: 15th October 2016


Summary (from Goodreads):

Prepare to set sail for the adventure of a lifetime with fierce Captain Jake when he discovers a treasure map that leads him, his crew (and a parrot, too), right to the library. Ms. Benitez, the librarian, welcomes them—as long as they behave! The pirates’ search is on!

Soon they discover—with the aid of Dread Pirate Dewey’s map—treasures galore on the shelves. Now the dilemma: Can they keep these treasures? Ms. Benitez has the answer.


The library was quiet.

Pages rustled as readers read and students studied.

It was all very still. Very quiet, until…

Through the doors came a rumble, a crash, and…a squawk. The fierce Captain Jake, his bold pirate crew, and a parrot, too, had arrived.

I love books about this so had to read this! I enjoy reading books that encourage a love of reading to the children in my class and I really like finding books which tie in with something I would be teaching – I use books to introduce topics in Maths, Science, etc as well as in English lessons.

An enjoyable, educational read which would be an excellent addition to any library or primary classroom.

“Ah, Captain,” beamed Ms. Benitez, “I see your crew found our treasures galore!”

“Treasures!” bellowed Captain Jake. “Them’s books! Not rubies, diamonds, or doubloons. How can books be treasures?”


What I liked: Books being described as treasure, the open-ending which many children will find humourous, the embedded education – children can learn the Dewey system while reading.

Even better if: I don’t imagine this will have much re-read value for the average child, although it could be fun for them to come up with their own stories about treasure in the stacks or what might happen after the Vikings show up!

How you could use it in your classroom: Read it to encourage a positive attitude towards books and reading, when introducing or teaching how to use a library or as an exercise in writing their own version of the story with various figures finding and following the ‘treasure’ maps.


(Thank you to Netgalley and Star Bright Books for my review copy)


One Comment Add yours

  1. Wow! This is really interesting and beautiful Thanks for sharing.


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