Meet Thomas—a young man sailing with his parents aboard a merchant ship in the 18th century and prone to daydreaming about living an exciting life as a pirate on the high seas. When a pirate crew led by Captain Bartholomew Morgan takes over the ship, Thomas stows away and is accepted into their motley gang. However, life as a pirate proves far less romantic than what he was expecting. The hilarious Long Lost Secret Diary series put readers inside the heads of hapless figures from history struggling to carry out their roles and getting things horribly wrong. The accessible, irreverent stories will keep young readers laughing as they learn the importance of not being afraid to learn from one’s mistakes. (GoodReads synopsis)
This was such a fun read! The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Pirate by Tim Collins, follows Thomas, a boy who has always dreamed of a more exciting life and feels like being a pirate is the best way to do it. When his parent’s ship is overtaking by pirates, he decides to hide in the boat and wait for the pirates to take over. He eventually joins the crew and shenanigans ensue.
Thomas was a very cute and precocious character. His voice felt authentically child-like and I could see how children could relate to him. I enjoyed how there were historical facts about pirates inserted into the actual text of Thomas’ diary but there were also notes throughout the book that further explained the pirates actions and behaviors in the stories. There are also adorable illustrations throughout the book that totally add to the story. In the back of the book there is a timeline about pirates and there was also a glossary of pirate phrases.
Overall, I would recommend this book as an introduction to all things pirates. The story is interesting and I enjoyed the history tidbit throughout the book. I would recommend this book for ages 8 and up and this would be an excellent book to read with your child. This is one we will add to our collection at home.
This book is released on September 19 from Flux publishing.
*****I received this as an e-arc via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Netgalley and Flux Publishing.***********