2nd August 2012, Macmillan Children's Books
32 Pages, Hardback
Themes: new neighbours, friendship, imagination, pretend play, classic signs of pirates, monsters, aliens, witches, lots of humour
Summary from Pan Macmillan
You never know who might live next door!
No one knows who lives in that house on the corner, but when all those seagulls fly onto the roof, Sam Turner says it must be pirates! In fact, Sam Turner tells his friends all sorts of things: that they mustn't look at the pirate washing or they will turn into jellyfish, that at night the whole house glows like an aquarium, and that if the door ever opens a huge wave will come out. And that's not the half of it. According to Sam, not only are there pirates living on their street, but a family of monsters are moving into Number 2! Surely Sam Turner is just a little boy with a big imagination . . . or is he?
Baby mermaids are adorable! They are cute and chubby with little tails. Awww! So very sweet. You might be wondering how that's related to pirates but they are mentioned by Sam as being with the pirates. It was a bit of a surprise who the new neighbour was.
The best part was the white and pink cat, a really grouchy cat peering over a fence (I love cats, for the record) and the last pages which were buzzing with Sam's imagination in a clever way. I liked the various dolls used in the book, with a young witch and a young girl exchanging dolls at the end. It was the little details like an anchor on the house and a port hole style window on the door which helped form this 10/10 read.
If it's pirates you're after try Pirate House Swap by Abie Longstaff