Peet, Mal and Elspeth Graham. The Treasure of Pirate Frank. Illustrated by Jez Tuya. Nosy Crow, 2018. $15.99. ISBN 9780763696443. Unpaged. Ages 4-8. P8 Q9
If you love color, adventure and surprise endings, you will love The Treasure of Pirate Frank. Written in the format of This is the House that Jack Built, a boy wants to find the treasure of Pirate Frank. He follows a treasure map through the sea that must be sailed, the island of spice and gold, the snowy mountain, the forest where monkeys swing, the swamp where bullfrogs sing, the steps that go higher, the volcano that spits out fire, the tree that marks the spot, and then he runs into Pirate Frank. But Pirate Frank is not what he expected! Quick, Run! And he runs all the way back into his ship, where he dreams about his adventures. Children will be delighted as “Frank” chases the boy all the way back to his ship. The front cover has the treasure in shiny gold. The map inside the book accurately shows the path the boy follows to find the treasure.
Verdict: Children will enjoy the adventure the boy goes on to find the treasure and will be delighted to find out who Pirate Frank is. I highly recommend this book for elementary age libraries. With bright and colorful illustrations and repetitive text, children will want it read over and over.
April 2018 review by Tami Harris.