Saturday, March 17, 2012

We Give - Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants

We Give Books was started by Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation to "support literacy through programs that engage entire communities through literacy and awareness programs". The We Give Books program is an initiative that allows anyone with Internet access to give books to children in need. When you sign up you can choose from one of five charities. Then you can select from one of 151 digital picture books (both fiction and non fiction) to read online.

This is all completely free for the reader! Simply choose the charity you want to read for and then select the books you want to read. For each book you read online, a book is donated to a leading literacy group on your behalf. So please sign up and support literacy.

Title: Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants
Author and Illustrator: Giles Andreae and Korky Paul
Publisher: Puffin Books (January 19th 2012)
Format: eBook
Genre: Childrens
Source: We Give Books
Ages: 4 - 7

I had to giggle at the title. Only can children’s books get away with such a curious title grabber. Then you begin to read the book and realize that King Colin is over the top, not just a little bit, but waaaay over the top and the title does not seem so out of place at all.

The characters are engaging - picture Russell Brand with golden underpants. Now I know that sounds too much for 4 – 7 year olds, but they will not know who Brand is and you the reader will get an extra chuckle. If you or your child is easily offended, then this is not the book for you, but if you like to laugh aloud with your young ones and point out all of the fun illustrations, then continue with this book.

After a mighty giant has stolen the golden underpants, the king has sent for his bravest knight of all, six year old Sir Scallywag. His mission, find the underpants of gold, before the royal bottom gets cold. Second thought, maybe this is not a book to read to your classroom, but do continue for yourself.

As the bully, I mean giant, comes to town to do battle with the golden underpants upon his head, Sir Scallywag and his horse Doofus devise a plan to get back the golden underpants to save the royal bottom.

“So boys and girls remember this,
Although you might be small
Have courage and you too can be


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