Review Blog

Aug 26 2014

Benji the Buccaneer by Craig Cormick

cover image

Little Rockets series. New Frontier Publishing, 2014. ISBN 9781925059052.
(Age: 7+) Everyone is fascinated by pirates and so is our main character, Benji. While waiting for the school bus, Benji is given the chance to take a different bus, a bus with a variety of characters and the chance to be a pirate for a day. Using ideas from books on the bus, Benji becomes captain and the bus becomes the pirate ship. Benji is a Buccaneer is a fantasy story where the impossible seems to come true. It is part of the Little Rockets reading series and is aimed at readers aged 7+.
The adventure begins as a cannon ball is fired but does Benji have the experience to save his crew? When they find a treasure map where X marks the spot, does it really mark the spot to fid lost treasure? Is Benji really cut out to be a pirate captain or should he just stick to using is imagination?
I would recommend it to independent readers who are moving from regular classroom readers to short novels. The story is quick moving so will appeal to younger readers but it would also be good for parents to read out loud with their child.
Kylie Kempster

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
Miles Franklin longlist 2017
Reading Children's Book Prize 2017
Klaus Flugge Prize shortlist 2017
Branford Boase Award shortlist 2017
Text Prize 2017
NSW Premier Literary Awards shortlist 2017
Aurealis Awards winners
YABBA Awards shortlist 2017
Stella Prize 2017
2017 YALSA Teens' Top Ten Nominees

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Bookmark and poster templates