Captain Sillyvoice and the Sea Monster


Children - Picture Book
40 Pages
Reviewed on 11/02/2015
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Author Biography

Ruth Whenham began her career as a freelance writer a short time before reaching her 40th birthday. To say it was something of a mid-life crisis would be absolutely true! A graduate of Human Psychology and a former employee of the National Health Service, Ruth now splits her time between writing, looking after her family (she has two children) and volunteering at her local Citizens' Advice Bureau.

Ruth combines jaunty rhyming verse, humour and great characters to create stories that are entertaining for young children and for their parents alike!

To date, Ruth has published six children's picture books; all of which have been illustrated by talented artist, Emma K.L. Hunt.

Here is a brief summary of Ruth's six books:

My Crazy Purple Pen - featuring a crazy purple pen (funnily enough!) and a whole host of other fun characters who get caught up in the magic pen's cheeky mischief.

The Day My Teacher Came to Tea - a story about a cheeky boy whose mean teacher comes to tea, and the farce that ensues.

Birthday Cake Disaster - a tale about a girl baking a cake with her dad, or at least trying to. It's okay, the ending is a happy one, despite the title!

Captain Sillyvoice and his Pirate Band - a swashbuckling adventure featuring the very amiable Captain Sillyvoice and his rather unusual crew. In this tale these awesome pirates find a way to have fun, be themselves and become a success on the high seas.

Captain Sillyvoice Takes to the Stage - the Captain and his crew return for another fun-filled adventure during which they find themselves up against the big and mean Captain Scaryscar in a singing competition. How will they and the other pirate stars of the show get on, and who will be crowned the Sea Shanty King?

Captain Sillyvoice and the Sea Monster - Captain Sillyvoice is in a spot of bother once again! A hungry sea monster is heading towards his ship and there seems to be no way past. Join in the fun as the ever-so-nice Captain and his awesome crew try to reach their fans over on Blue Banana Beach. They have a pirate poptastic show to perform after all.

To find out more about Ruth Whenham and her books, you can visit her website at www.whenham.com or her Facebook page www.facebook.com/RuthWhenhamBooks. She is always keen to hear from readers.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Captain Sillyvoice and the Sea Monster by Ruth Whenham is a delightful storybook for children that revolves around a nautical theme. Captain Sillyvoice and his crew have a new way of being pirates. They are not bold, tough or fierce. Captain Sillyvoice speaks with a fine singing technique and he and his crew form a popular sea shanty band. They sail everywhere, taking their show on a world-wide tour. It's on one of these trips that they run into Captain Fiercy-Fidget. He is feared by all and he warns them of a dangerous sea monster. Captain Sillyvoice and his crew want to sail past this fearsome beast. Will they be able to do it and reach their destination without being devoured by the sea monster?

The author blends songs, adventure, activity and humor into the story, making it appealing to young readers. The illustrations are lively and catchy, and they give a good pace and movement to the scenes and also breathe life into the characters. It's a good bedtime storybook and can also be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. The fun and mirth in the story are palpable to readers and they can connect well with the adventure and silliness. All the characters are well portrayed and readers are also introduced to new sea creatures in many scenes. The songs are silly and the book is interactive. It pulls readers into the story. The book has everything - story, song, adventure, humor, silliness and much more to make it a charming read.