Poggle and the Treasure by Michael Evans
|Poggle and the Treasure by Michael Evans|
|Category: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Ruth Ng|
|Summary: An engaging story that's sweetly drawn. Perfect for little treasure hunters!|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 32||Date: May 2011|
|Publisher: Egmont Books|
Poggle and his friend Henry are spending a fun day together at the beach playing pirates. They have made a pirate ship, eaten a pirate picnic, and fought a sea monster! Now they're hunting for buried treasure, but rather than a chest full of gold they discover a large, pink egg!
It took us some time, when initially reading this book, to decide what sort of creature Poggle actually is. He's blue and white, with fluffy looking ears and a spiky tail. We decided in the end that he was a dragon, but we're still arguing about his friend, Henry, who looks like some sort of bear but he has funny bat ears and horns on top of his head! Your guess is as good as mine...Anyway, whatever they both are we enjoyed their story! Most children have pretended to be pirates at some point, so can immediately identify with the games Poggle and Henry are playing together. It was exciting to wonder what treasure they might find, and then to watch them figure out how to take care of the egg they discover. We enjoyed the suspense as they wait for the egg to hatch, and it's fun to see what eventually emerges!
The story is well written. I liked the interaction between Poggle and Henry and I felt the pacing was very good, with nothing revealed too quickly. It has a sweet ending, with a bit of a surprise too, and is a good length for a bedtime story for toddlers in the 3 to 5 age range. It's all very gently told, so we don't see any sword fighting action which might disappoint the more bloodthirsty toddlers, but it's an interesting story and perhaps more appropriate for bedtime reading than something more active!
The illustrations are sweet. I liked the feeling of being by the seaside that the book conjures up, and see if you can spot the little hermit crab who is peeking out on many of the pages! The mix of full page pictures with other pages using smaller images to depict each moment being described works well. The cover is one of those glittery ones, and one of the final pages also has more glittery decoration if you like that sort of thing.
This is a sweet story with endearing characters, perfect for little ones who enjoy a little gentle treasure hunting themselves.
I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to The Bookbag.
Further reading suggestion: For more dramatic pirate action try Class Three All At Sea by Julia Jarman and Lynne Chapman.
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