Book: The Amazing Adventures of Charlie Small: The Perfumed Pirates of Perfidy
Author: David Fickling
Age: 7 years+
[This book review has been written by my son Neel Shrivastava (Neel is 7 years old). I’m posting it on behalf of him! ]
Charlie Small is an 8 years old boy who was separated from his family and gets lost in the jungle. Suddenly, a gang of pirates come and take Charlie away and lock him in a cellar. This book is written in the form of his diary narrating the events that follow.
Here are the few things I liked about the book:
– It is very eventful.
– Even a young boy like Charlie Small uses mechanics to solve tough problems. For example, Charlie uses scrap found on the ship to make a swordfish-shaped ship mobile to blend in with the sea environment to escape the pirates.
– The imagination is very vivid. For example a puffer fish appears out of nowhere and blows itself up like a balloon and flies away with Charlie Small.
– It uses a rich vocabulary with words like cutlass, noose, cutthroat, pungent, doldrums and many others.
An interesting fact: This book was first found on top of a Himalayan mountain encased in a block of ice.
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