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One of our Books of the Year 2016 | June 2016 Book of the Month Lil might look like an ordinary schoolgirl, but under her jumper and vest she’s a pirate! When the thoroughly rotten Stinkbeard arrives Lil flies into battle against him, because Lil is a pirate who’ll do what is right, if it takes her all night – and no matter what her teacher Miss Lubber says. Lil is able to defeat Stinkbeard, once using school dinner as ammunition, and still come first in the sack race! Is Lil really a pirate? Parents and children might disagree, but everyone will enjoy her antics. Told in jolly rhyme that makes reading the stories particularly fun and easy and with lively black and white illustrations on every page these are the perfect step up from picture books to chapter books. Readers who enjoy Lil’s adventures will also like the Squishy McFluff stories and Alex T Smith’s series about Claude. ~ Andrea Reece
In a nutshell: rhyming pirate fun just right for newly independent readers | Children ready to move from picture books to chapter books will love the antics of junior pirate Swashbuckle Lil. There are two breath-taking adventures in this book delivered in irresistible rhyme, and illustrated with buccaneering brio on every page by Laura Ellen Anderson. Once again Lil and her parrot – named Carrot – come up against her arch enemy Stinkbeard, first on a school trip to the museum then at a friend’s party. Parents may feel that her battles with Stinkbeard are all in Lil’s head, but young readers will absolutely understand ‘That Lil was a pirate, a fearless young pirate, and all her adventures were true.’ ~ Andrea Reece
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