Polly’s Piralympics by Jann Weeratunga

Reviewed by: Sian

Polly the parrot comes up with the idea of sharing their last bounty of prosthetic arms, blades and racing wheelchairs with their crew and those of other pirate ships. Polly’s captain, Captain Hake then challenges the other pirates to a Piralympic Games, (Paralympics for Pirates.)

 With 18thcentury galleons, swords, walking the plank, gold doubloons, 21st century technology, sonar, Wi-Fi, mobile phones, prosthetic limbs, blades and racing wheelchairs, put it all together and you have the Pirate Piralympic Games.

 Follow how the vuvuzela playing Zulus; kilted bagpipe playing Scots; cowboy guitar playing Americans; tattooed Maoris; yellow turbaned Indian and Abba singing Viking pirates, all compete for Captain Kingklip’s locker of GOLD doubloons.

 The Games include the 3 legged race, the walk the plank diving competition, catapult shooting, climb the rigging gymnastics, fencing, and a Pirate Masterchef competition, plus many more. Through these the pirates learn comradeship, what happens to cheats and why bullying isn’t cool.

 Jann Weeratunga has brought to life a vibrant children’s tale that really can speak to the heart of a wide age group both boys and girls. Polly the Parrot has a wonderful idea that leads to something greater than I think even she could have imagined. Key themes in the book address teamwork; forgiveness; bullying and accepting others differences. This is a must read for any child – if not to assist them with their own difficulties than maybe to assist them in understanding someone elses.

 I love the simplicity of the book and the kids didn’t have a hard time following. We loved the use of alliteration with the names and it made the characters easy to place with their various crews. I also liked the themes that the pirates weren’t just from different ships but different countries. The kids could identify with this because in most countries; there is a wide range of nationalities that kids come into contact with and it’s important to understand that you don’t accept just your own “kind” but all kinds of people from all walks of life. Throw in the subtle hints from the animals that help – the kids also learned that it’s important to animals that the planet is kept clean.

There is very little I could say about this book in terms of dislikes. One of the kids commented that they would have liked a few illustrations but overall it was an enjoyable book and the kids took a lot away from it.

 Review Rating: 4/5

More Information:

Published By: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (September 9, 2016)

Published Date: 2016

Genre:  Childrens Books / Children’s Adventure

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