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Knock Knock Pirate

Authored by Caryl Hart
Illustrated by Nick East
Published by Hachette

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Knock, Knock Pirate tells the story of a surprise visit from a bunch of not–so-bloodthirsty pirates and a runaway house.

Who’s that knocking at the door? Pirate One, Pirate Two, Three and Four!

Disturbed from a nice restful day, our heroine suddenly finds herself playing host to an array of unwanted guests who love nothing more than their pirate life, oh and stealing houses.

Through rhyme and audience participation, this fun story guides the reader counting up to 10, and although this may give the suggestion it is only suitable for Early Years, that isn’t the case. The illustrations have such depth of detail, and the writing so cleverly flows from one page to the next that it really could be used and adapted for all of Key Stage 1.

The rhyming sequence especially would take some effort to recreate, and this carries the story.

However, Knock Knock Pirate is a fairly straightforward story. If you are looking for a more in-depth or complex tale, then I would suggest using something more along the lines of The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle simply because there is more character depth and ideas to embellish.

That being said, this is a great little story with plenty of potential for use in the classroom. Also penned by Caryl Hart and Nick East are Knock Knock Dinosaur, Knock Knock Alien and Knock Knock Superhero.