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Owen, Chris: Hairy Mole and the Pirate Olympics

Magazine article School Librarian

Owen, Chris: Hairy Mole and the Pirate Olympics

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Owen, Chris

Hairy Mole and the Pirate Olympics

Illustrated by David Mostyn

Ransom, 2012, pp124, 5.99 [pounds sterling]

978 1 84167 081 2

Hairy Mole the pirate has the cast of mind of those renaissance musicians who, when they came on the word 'high', set it on top C, and then assigned the word 'deep' to the bass singer who could manage bottom D. When Hairy Mole writes of 'a long hot summer' he prints it as 'a L O N G hot summer.' The 'biggest pirate' is printed as 'the BIGGEST pirate', and at the slightest hint (e.g. 'before turning round ...') the line of print swirls about like a demented snake. The effect is amusing, but it does not make for quick reading, The publishers claim the book is 'perfect for newly independent readers', but a teacher taking skim-reading-for-reference-work seriously might be advised to look carefully before buying. …

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