Reader Reviewed The Leaky Battery Sets Sail by Gareth P. Jones

The Lovereading4Kids comment

The crew of the Leaky Battery are a rum bunch alright: steam-powered metal robots of different shapes and sizes. Originally designed to be servants, they choose piracy as a new career, as it offers adventure, the chance to see the world, and freedom. First Mate Mainspring feels he’d be a better leader than Captain Clockheart, who is a bit unpredictable on account of a loose valve sending too much steam to his head, and a fair amount of squabbling goes on but on the whole they are successful buccaneers. This brings them up against the cruel and snobby Iron Duke who is determined to send them for scrap. The steampunk twist gives this fun piratical adventure an original touch, and the metal pirates themselves are refreshingly moral free. There are great illustrations of the pirate crew too to add to the enjoyment. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 9 - 'Metal Pirates, the high seas, more pirates, looting gold and battles against bad pirates!..Brilliant book and I can't wait for the next book in the series.'
  • Noah Hall, age 9 - 'The Steampunk Pirates is a funny adventure story. The characters are fabulous and I really like the illustrations...I would recommend this book to kids who like funny action stories.'
  • Cameron Lobban, age 10 - 'Robots and pirates together what is not to love! Prepare for an epic journey...Reading this you feel all the emotions, sad, happy and excited.'
  • Harry Gray, age 7 - 'This book is lots of fun and I would read more if there was a series.  I liked the characters and jokes and it was a cool adventure.'
  • Darcey McIlroy, age 7 - 'A really great adventure about some very sneaky pirates- I couldn't stop reading it until I found out what happened to them.  I loved it loads.' 
  • Annabelle Cassidy, age 6 - 'A book full of steam powered adventure and daring thrills on the high seas!...I can’t wait to read the next one!'
  • Jemima Foyster, age 6 - 'I loved this book. It is one of my favourite books because the Steampunk Pirates are really funny.'
  • Barnaby Foyster, age 9 - 'I really like this book because it is like a roller-coaster...I would recommend it to everyone in my class.'
  • Toby, age 5 - 'I read this book with my Mummy. It was a good book. I think even more people should read the book.'
  • Billy Carlton, age 9 - 'I enjoyed this book because it was funny and exciting. At first I didn't understand the changes in person and by reading it more I understood it.'
  • Oliver Lonsdale, age 7 - 'This book is really, really, really good. My favorite character was Goldman. I can’t wait for the next one to come out.'


The Leaky Battery Sets Sail by Gareth P. Jones

Wanted: Dead or Alive! (Or smashed into little bits and delivered in boxes.) Causing chaos wherever they sail, the robotic Steampunk Pirates are roaming the high seas, hunting for gold! But the evil Iron Duke has other ideas...He's determined to capture the pirates in return for a handsome reward from the King. Can the mechanical marauders stay one wave ahead of their enemy?

This hilarious new series from Gareth P. Jones, author of Ninja Meerkats, is sure to delight young readers with its madcap humour and larger-than-life robot pirate crew.


Full of zany humour, piratical puns and oceanic action, this will have readers giggling from start to finish as they revel in the adventures of these mechanical marvels. Parents in Touch -- Every joke hits home in this gloriously daft new book from the author of the Ninja Meerkats series. James Lovegrove, Financial Times -- Another winning mash-up of favourite things from Gareth P Jones ... Utterly daft but really funny The Telegraph --

About the Author

Gareth P. Jones

Gareth first started writing when he was very young but it wasn’t until he was in his early twenties that he completed his first novel. Having had it universally rejected, he wrote a novel for children called Who Killed Charlie Twig, which received an equally unimpressed reception and remains rightly unpublished to this day.
Some years passed during which Gareth met his future wife, Lisa and began a career in TV. Working on shows such as 'The Big Breakfast' and 'Richard & Judy', he became side-tracked from his book writing ambitions until one day he found himself having lunch at the offices of Bloomsbury. He mentioned the unpublished book to a nice lady called Sarah, who politely suggested that he should send in the first three chapters for her to look at. Gareth returned home and excitedly told his wife this news, who gently explained that the book he had written actually wasn’t very good, but reminded him that he had recently begun work on a much better idea. This turned out to be good advice.

In 2007 Bloomsbury published the first of four books in the series The Dragon Detective Agency and have since published The Thornthwaite Inheritance, Space Crime Conspiracy and The Considine Curse. Gareth has also written a shorter story, Perry’s 5, published by Barrington Stoke and a series of books called Ninja Meerkats, published by Stripes.

The Case of the Missing Cats was nominated for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize. The Thornthwaite Inheritance has won the Hounslow Junior Book Award, the Calderdale Book Award, Leicester Children’s Book Award, Sefton Super Reads, Doncaster Book Award, Rotherham Children’s Book Award and Fantastic Book Award, Lancaster.

Gareth now divides his time between writing books, producing TV programmes, spending time with his wife and son, Herbie, and playing the slightly ludicrous number of stringed instruments in his front room.

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160 pages
Interest Age: From 6


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Author's Website


Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group

Publication date

2nd February 2015




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