Pete, the pirate parrot is the first to notice the envelope that came through the mail slot, but soon all the pirates know that they have been invited to a birthday party at Polly's house. They are all excited about going to the birthday party, but Pete the parrot wants to make sure that they are presentable for the party, so it is soon a race against time to wash up and get ready for the birthday party!
This book is loads of fun with a cast of crazy characters that are each uniquely drawn and have their own part to play in the story. This is definitely one to read out loud to an audience (even if it is just an audience of one little person) with lots of different voices and pirate antics. One of my favourite picture books this year that is fun just because it is fun!
If you like this book then try Granny Grommet and Me by Dianne Wolfer and Karen Blair, The man who's mother was a pirate by Margaret Mahy, and Banana! by Ed Vere.
~ Reviewed by Elspeth Sweetman