Freak Street: Meet The Piratesons written by Knife & Packer
Published by Scholastic Australia
Our story begins with an introduction to Freak Street, where we meet loads of quirky families like the Supersons, Vampiresons, Humansons, Zombiesons, Werewolfsons, Aliensons and the Piratesons.
The Piratesons include Mr Pirateson, Mrs Pirateson, Patty, Paxton, Polly and their pet piranha Philppers.
Mr Pirateson is obsessed with finding his great grandfather Padstow’s long lost treasure map, containing the whereabouts to one very fine pair of golden underpants. The map is somewhere within their galleon which is also their home and moored a pond on Freak Street. It is absolutely nowhere near the sea, but that doesn’t stop them from sinking.
After a great hullabaloo, they realise, their pirate ship is sinking because Polly has taken one of the boards to fashion in into a skateboard.
Patty is big into boarding and she wants nothing more than to impress the hot shot extreme sports king, Benny, “Big Air” Boardman.
Mr Pirateson agrees that Patty can keep the board as long as she helps replace. During their renovation, they stumble upon the lost map.
A Pirateson family adventure ensues, but first they must attend “Bring your parent to school day,” where Mrs Pirateson is displaying her magnificent wooden sculptures carved with her shiny left hook. Then they must attend the Grand opening of the city skate bowl, by none other than Benny “Big Air” Boardman.
Patty does her best to impress, but it seems that Benny “Big Air” Boardman has better places to be.
Not to worry, the Piratesons have an adventure to begin, so they set off to find Grandfather Padstow’s treasure. Their plans are thwarted when they encounter Captain Curdle, Mr Pirateson’s arch rival, and his nephew, Benny “The Baddest Buccaneer” Curdle.
The Piratesons must band together, utilising each member of the families unique skills, to fraught the Curdles and escape from the clutches of a molten volcano, as well as recover Padstow’s great treasure.
Will they do it, well you will just have to read it to find out.
With its short chapters, roughly 4-5 pages long, and vividly coloured cartoon illustrations on every page, this is one hoot of a chapter book that kept my interest from start to finish.
This is just one in a series of many Freak Street tales by Scholastic and I will certainly look forward to reading stories about any and all of the other quirky families on Freak Street.
I highly recommend this to reluctant readers aged 6-10 and I think the beauty of this book is that there were great characters that both boys and girls would love and identify with.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Knife and Packer
Title: Freak Street: Meet The Piratesons
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: February 2014