The Pirate Who Lost His Name by Lou Treleaven Review

Illustrated by Genie Espinosa


Lou Treleaven is one of my favourite children’s book authors with books such as Teachers on Pluto (Penpals on Pluto series) and Not Yet a Yeti.

This Piratey Pirate has everything pirates should have, including an eye patch, sword and a parrot but the one thing he doesn’t have is a name, he has managed to forget it. All his friends, the boastful, bearded and romantic pirates have names, but he can’t remember his. And he is too embarrassed to ask his friends what his name is, after all, who forgets their own name?

The Piratey Pirate goes on a quest in the hope to try and stealthy find out what he is called, but will he be successful?

The Pirate Who Lost His Name is another excellent picture book by Lou Treleaven. It is a simple story, one that is easily told or for children to read by themselves. It is charming how rather than ask his friends what his name is his goes from friend to friend trying to find out his name by other means.

It has been beautifully illustrated, by Genie Espinosa, with hilarious pictures that grab the attention and tell the story. Great for getting young children to engage with it and ask their own questions.

While the actual story may be a quick read, the illustrations have a lot going on that get children talking and asking questions about the book. The illustrations are fun and humorous for adults and children, especially Captain Dreamboat with his pink man bun and obsession for checking himself out in mirrors.

Maverick Books publish a great range of children’s picture books that are all the perfect length for bedtime reading (32-pages) and The Pirate Who Lost His Name one of those that children will enjoy and engage with.

An excellent, fun and engaging read for younger readers.

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £7.99 (Paperback)

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DISCLOSURE: I was provided with a free copy of this book for the purposes of writing a honest and impartial review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This review uses an affiliate link which I may receive a small commission from if you purchase through the link.

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