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The Great Galloon

Written by Tom Banks

Part of the A Great Galloon Book Series

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LoveReading View on The Great Galloon

One of our Books of the Year 2013 & March 2013 Debut of the Month      

A Piece of Passion from the Editor, Sara O'Connor - The Great Galloon immediately made me want to grab a mop and fight alongside the comical crew. With plenty of adventures and "goodnight points" instead of chapters, I defy you not to be completely charmed by this whimsical story and its wonderful illustrations.


The Great Galloon is a flying airship which combines the remarkable gadgetry of the flying galleon in the film Stardust, with the humour and action of Pirates of the Caribbean.  This rollicking piratical read whisks the reader through the air and on a voyage of adventure, peopled by characters such as Stanley, a clever boy with a small horn, and Rasmussen, a reluctant countess-to-be. 


In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Great Galloon a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title...'If you love books with pirates, action and adventure then go to the shops today to get your hands on a copy of 'The Great Galloon.'

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The Great Galloon Synopsis

The Great Galloon is an enormous airship, built by Captain Meredith Anstruther and manned by his crew, who might seem like a bit of a motley bunch but who are able to fight off invading marauders whilst drinking tea and sweeping floors! Captain Anstruther is preparing to marry the beautiful Lady Isabella, but disaster strikes when his evil younger brother comes aboard for the wedding and steals Isabella away onto his underwater Sumbaroon. Stanley, a clever boy with a small horn, and Rasmussen, a reluctant countess-to-be, are busy waiting for an adventure to begin. Instead they have to fight off BeheMoths, avoid enormous Seagles, encounter the terrifying (but nice really) Brunt and save the Galloon from sinking. How will they ever find the Captain's bride when nothing's happening?

The Great Galloon Press Reviews

Evie Young, 7  I really like this book because of all the mysteries......the pictures in the book are brilliant, there are lots of funny little details in them. Click here to read the full review

Ella Tanner, aged 7 
There were lots of good descriptions and you could really imagine what the Galloon was like. I really liked the pictures. Click here to read the full review

Callum McGuigan, 11  It is just one adventure after another and great fun......Click here to read the full review
Niall Doyle, age 11
This is a fabulous book and I recommend you all read it......Click here to read the full review

Matthew Fraser, 11   If you love books with pirates, action and adventure then go to the shops today to get your hands on a copy of 'The Great Galloon.'.....Click here to read the full review

Louis Gilbert    I couldn’t put this book down as there is always something amazing happening.....Click here to read the full review

Harry Piper, St Paul’s CE Primary School   This book is very descriptive and is full of great pictures, which bring the story alive... Click here to read the full review

Isla Moore, 8  I thought the book was funny, adventurous and unusual, and I really enjoyed reading it.....Click here to read the full review

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781471400889
Publication date: 07/03/2013
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471400889
Publication date: 7th March 2013
Author: Tom Banks
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 192 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical, Humorous
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Tom Banks

Tom has mainly worked in the theatre throughout his adult life, running a small company called the Network of Stuff with friends and making up and telling stories to young people and adults. He has also worked with the acclaimed children's theatre company Tall Stories, devising and performing in shows such as The Gruffalo and Them With Tails all over the world. As well as all this he has worked as a question writer for TV quiz shows, a Tudor huntsman, an ineffectual bookseller, a youth theatre director and, a long time ago, as a secret shopper for a Trading ...

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