We first discovered the Sir Charlie Stinky Socks books when the eldest was in year one and he came home with one as a reading book. He was so excited about the book and the way that it made use for the pages having to rotate them, or flip them and the way the text curled around the pages out really captured his imagination. From that moment onwards we became quite firm fans of the series and eagerly await the next book.
This is Charlie’s seventh adventure and Sir Charlie sets sail on the Black toenail for an adventure with pirates, mermaids and a man eating monster. There is a very unexpected twist at the end which we loved.
These books are brilliantly illustrated and well written. The one criticism I will make is that they are quite long stories and so they are great for 6+ age groups but a challenge for younger fans to read in one go. This also means that they are fractionally long for a picture book bedtime story with siblings. However, the illustrations are amazing, the stories great and they have provided me with hours of enjoyment reading with one child and sharing my enthusiasm for a story. They really are perfect for that ‘one on one’ time.
For us, these books marked a bit of a turning point as it was through these books that my reluctant reader began to see a value in books. I think they are perfect for boys in particular and this story is as good as any of the other ones to start with (they are all stand alone adventures). What more could any little boy want; adventure, humour, friendship and pirates!
If you want to find out more about Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the books have a look at the website: www.sircharliestinkysocks.co.uk
Disclaimer: we were sent a review copy