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Only for the pirate obsessed
on 8 March 2008
The "1001 things to spot" series by Usborne has been a huge hit in our family with both our boys (aged 7 and 4). Each book in the series has a number of pages with things to look for in the pictures. They keep kids entertained for hours and are also great for teaching counting and for building vocabulary. The variation in the pictures sparks lots of discussion about what country this town may be in, or which era this "long ago" image may be from.
Having said that, "1001 Pirate Things" was a disappointment to me. Unlike many of the other books in the series, each page features a very similar illustration (invariably a marginally different pirate ship) and it feels very repetitive. Both my sons got bored with this book and so did I. I know that there are boys out there who totally obsess on pirates and it would be wonderful for them. But unless your child fits that description, I would try one of the other books in the series instead.