This week’s book is an oldie but a goodie. A long-term favourite of mine and Ashleigh’s, and Mitchell’s new favourite, it’s Pamela Allen’s I Wish I Had a Pirate Suit.
I Wish I Had a Pirate Suit / Pamela Allen
(Puffin Books, 1989)
We are BIG Pamela Allen fans in this house. We haven’t met a Pamela Allen book we didn’t like, and we’ve met a lot of them! In fact, when Ashleigh first started trying to read, she would always read the title of whatever book we were reading and then say, “by Pallum Allen.”
Our all-time family favourite is Bertie and the Bear (which I reviewed last year along with our other favourite books), but I Wish I Had a Pirate Suit is adorable for different reasons.
|Adorable from page 1. Look at that face!|
Our narrator (pictured above) has an older brother named Peter. And Peter has a pirate suit.
Peter gets to boss his brother around as they sail the seven seas and bury treasure. He decides everything, from who walks the plank to who gets to eat the jelly babies.
It’s not fair. Nothing’s fair. This book is similar in tone to There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake*, but this time there’s no sympathetic roofbound hippopotamus who understands our protagonist’s pain.
It all comes good in the end…
…But you’ll have to read it to find out how!
Have you or your children read I Wish I Had a Pirate Suit? What did you think?
And do you have any recommendations for future reviews?