Lunch on a Pirate Ship by Caryl Hart and Kristina Stephenson

Lunch on a Pirate Ship stars a young boy called Jack who, unimpressed by what his mother is serving up for lunch, boards a pirate ship in search of something more tasty. Adventure abounds in this rollicking, rhyming adventure which had us turning the pages to see what Jack and his friends would eventually eat.

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The Story: Jack doesn’t want to eat the baked beans and chips that Mum has cooked for his lunch so he boards a pirate ship. Lunch on board is not at all appetising so the pirates set sail to find more options. They are joined by a giant but when they discover a fabulous feast they discover that they’ve been tricked by a… (We don’t want to spoil the story!).

Jack’s adventure moves at a cracking pace thanks to Caryl’s wonderfully rollicking rhyming text which lends itself to adding a range of voices as you read the story out loud. The use of verbs such as ‘tumbled’, ‘dashed’ and ‘sprinted’ heighten the action and add to the adventure’s tension. We love the way that the story shows the power of a child’s imagination, Jack’s pirate companions are his own toys and my daughter pored through the illustrations to work out which toy became which character.

The food options that Jack comes across during the story are even less appetising than his lunch at home, would you want to eat rotting fish?, but his adventure does end with him recognising who is a good cook. There’s a wonderful camaraderie between the characters who help each other throughout the story and the gentle giant is particularly helpful in carrying the friends on his back!

Kristina’s fabulous illustrations are full of action and humour, we love the expressions on the characters’ faces when they are served less than appetising food! My daughter thinks it’s brilliant that Jack’s toys have been transformed into the characters who share his adventure, our favourite illustration shows Jack and his friends splashing across big waves to get to the giant’s cave.

Lunch on a Pirate Ship is a really fun, fast paced adventure that will keep you turning the pages to discover exactly what Jack and his friends ultimately end up eating, his dessert sounds particularly yummy (but only ‘if you eat your greens’)!

Age Range: 2+

Author: Caryl Hart / Illustrator: Kristina Stephenson

Thank you to Caryl for sending us a review copy of Lunch on a Pirate Ship. We’ll give the rotting fish a miss if that’s ok 😉


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17 responses to “Lunch on a Pirate Ship by Caryl Hart and Kristina Stephenson”


  1. Kate avatar

    Looks like the sort of book my three would enjoy, pirates are always a winner 🙂 #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      Pirates plus a giant plus rollicking rhymes are an awesome combination 🙂


  2. mummyhereandthere avatar

    OO my boys love pirate books and anything adventure like always goes down well X #mmbc


    1. Catherine avatar

      This is a fun adventure for the littlest readers, it’s great to read aloud 🙂


  3. BookBairn avatar

    This sounds like such a fun book! But I’m not sure lunch on a pirate ship would be much good for me – I get seasick! #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      You wouldn’t want to eat the lunch that they’re offering on this pirate ship!!


  4. Kate avatar

    Made me with my children were younger but hope in time they come back to young children’s books as I have at the age of 49!


    1. Catherine avatar

      You are never too old for a picture book!


  5. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    This sounds lovely – and great for a fussy eater to read! I think I need a version of this aimed at 12 year olds!


  6. Bec @IshMotherBec avatar

    Ahh I think my little one would enjoy this, he loves a good pirate book!! Maybe it would persuade him to eat what I make for him as well … #ReadWithMe


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s perfect for little pirates. It can really help stimulate imaginative pirate play too 🙂


  7. Yet Another Blogging Mummy avatar

    What a clever idea for the storyline. Sounds a nice read #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s fabulous the way that Caryl and Kristina seamlessly merge reality into fantasy 🙂


  8. chantelle hazelden avatar
    chantelle hazelden

    This is a book that will have kids using their own toys to create more fun, a great tool to inspire their imaginations!! #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      It is! I’m sure it will inspire lots of pirate adventures 🙂


  9. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs avatar

    This book sounds like something my youngest would really enjoy. I love how the characters are the little boy’s toys. You really can’t beat a child’s imagination can you?

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. x


    1. Catherine avatar

      The toys are seamlessly woven into the story, it’s brilliant how they become part of Jack’s story too 🙂

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