Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Blog Tour ~ Pirate Nell's Tale to Tell by Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty


Source Books
15 September

My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book
 and Midas PR for my invitation to this blog tour

From the award-winning author-illustrator, husband and wife duo Helen & Thomas Docherty, comes an epic pirate adventure wrapped up in a captivating rhyming picture book.

Nell is finally a pirate!

And she has her trusty Pirate's Almanac to help her sail the seas, even if the mean, greedy and ignorant Captain Gnash doesn't like books on his ship. But when the journey gets rough and the captain is in trouble, it's Nell and all her pirate knowledge that saves the day and leads them to the greatest buried treasure of all.

What did I think about it..

A pirate adventure filled with all the swash buckling excitement that make young eyes light up with glee. I've really loved reading Pirate Nell's Tale to Tell especially as I had an enthusiastic little helper with me to point out all the exciting pictures and vibrant colours. My little granddaughter was perfectly content to let me turn the pages, listening to the story, and taking an interest in Pirate Nell's grand adventure.

The story is beautifully told in verse, which is both poetical and lyrical, and yet, short and snappy enough to keep the interest alive of even the youngest child. I loved the pictures, especially Nell, she's such a feisty wee thing, and more than a match for the rather taciturn old sea dog, Captain Gnash, who, right from the start, seems to want to scupper Nell's enthusiasm, and joie de vivre.

Pirate Nell's Tale to Tell has everything needed for an adventure which is  rich in imagery, bright with imagination, and a good solid story, which I am sure will appeal to both children and adults alike. Although the book is recommended for ages 4 years upwards, my little granddaughter, aged thirteen months, found much to enjoy as Granny turned the pages. We both had great fun looking for Pirate Nell, discovering seascapes, observing brightly coloured birds, and searching for  buried treasure. 

I am sure that Pirate Nell's Tale to Tell is one of those lovely stories that we will return to again and again, cheering Pirate Nell on, as she, Captain Gnash, and the all crew go in search of buried treasure in a grand storybook adventure on the high seas.

♥ Granny's little helper ♥

About the Authors

Helen Docherty is a picture book author from Swansea. Her works include the award-winning picture books The Snatchabook and The Knight Who Wouldn't Fight has been translated into 25 languages. The Snatchabook won Oldham Brilliant Book Award 2014 and was shortlisted for the Booktrust Best Book Awards and Oscar's First Book Prize in 2014. Fluent in Spanish, French, Welsh, Helen worked for many years as a language teacher in Mexico City and the UK before becoming an author. She also has an MA in Film and Television Production (Bristol University), which helped to develop her skills in crafting narrative. Helen often collaborates with her husband, the illustrator and author Thomas Docherty.

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Thomas Docherty, a children’s book author and illustrator, studied metalwork and sculpture at college before becoming an illustrator of children's books. Thomas has illustrated books for acclaimed authors Julia Donaldson and Anne Fine, and his works include Big Scary Monster, Driftwood Ball and Little Boat, the latter of which was shortlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2009. Thomas lives in Swansea with his wife Helen and their two daughters.

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  1. Such a sweet photograph of you and your granddaughter. Her interest is intense.

    1. Thank you,Tea. She really enjoyed looking at all the colorful illustrations x


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