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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.
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on 8 November 2007
Like the "1001 bugs to spot" from this series I think this book is superb. It is not a storybook so don't buy it if you're looking for salty sea-dog pirate stories.

Each page has an incredibly detailed picture of some aspect of pirate life that little boys may imagine to be true. It's all highly jolly, friendly and sanitised which seems to be the way pirates are presented these days. For example, there's the pirates having a party on their ship, pirate school, pirate races etc. Around the edge of the picture certain items from the main picture are illustrated with a number next to them indicating how many you are to hunt for within the picture.

These books are a real hit with my little boy. They help no end with practising simple counting (up to 10) but also with the ability to resume counting after you've been distracted by something interesting elsewhere in the picture. My little boy is developing quite successful visual scanning strategies through using these stories too.

He loves them, they're educational. Perfect.
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on 23 July 2012
I have always been a big fan of Usborne books and this did not disappoint. Bought for sons 4th birthday and he loves it. You have to search for a certain amount of items on each page. As he's only just turned four, he tends to just count what he sees rather than finding an exact amount. He will get the hang of that later on. This is fine as his counting is still improving. Other times he just enjoys flicking through looking at the pictures. As with all Usborne books - brilliant!
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on 13 August 2009
This book has been read by my 4 year old son every day since his birthday 3 months ago. It is one of the first books he has enjoyed looking at on his own and will sit for ages counting and looking. I will definitely be buying more in the series. Great for car journeys too. A must for any little boy who wants to be a pirate.
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on 27 February 2011
I bought it to use with my reception class (4-5 yr olds)and they loved it. The pictures are completely engaging and there is something new to find every time you open the book. The children enjoyed finding all the items listed and the pictures inspired independent story telling. A must buy.
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on 14 November 2011
My son loves this great 1001 Pirate Things to spot books. It's got lots of fun things to spot and is great for helping them learn to count in a fun way. Fab illustrations too. We have a few of the range and they are all great.
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on 30 November 2014
This book is brilliant as the kids and adults can do this book together, so you will have many hours of fun trying to spot all the different pirates in the book and means you can spend quality time with the kids.
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on 29 December 2009
Brilliant for learning to count and for passing the time - especially on long journeys. We have given it to all four years we know! So much to look on each picture - the others in the series are good too.
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on 7 August 2013
Perfect road trip book...keeps kids thinking for hours. Teaches new, sometimes more obscure vocabulary, too (like parts of a ship - no other explicit examples come to mind at the moment). Great purchase!
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on 29 December 2012
Good book to keep child occupied and can be done with the help and participation of the parent - plenty in the pictures to talk about as well as finding the pirates
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