My review of Polly’s Piralympics #childrensbooks


What Goodread’s says

Polly persuades Captain Hake to share out their recent bounty of prosthetic arms, blades and racing wheelchairs to the pirate crews. They then challenge all the pirates to a Piralympic Games on Treasure Island. (Paralympic Games for Pirates). On Treasure Island the pirates compete in sports events including a 3 legged race, fencing, swimming, gymnastics and a Pirate Masterchef competition plus many more. They laugh, sing, cry, and compete against each other under the watchful eyes of Polly the parrot, Octy the octopus, Sheela the shark, Geoffrey the monkey, his cousins and Sammy the seagull. Follow the multicultural, vuvuzela playing Zulu’s, kilted bagpipe wearing Scots, tattooed Maori’s, yellow turbaned Indian’s, cowboy guitar playing American’s and Abba singing Scandinavian pirates compete for GOLD. We all have disabilities, can’t sing, can’t count, can’t spell, can’t dance, can’t ride a bike. But some disabilities are more obvious than others, one arm, no legs, one eye, a stutter. We see the pirates overcome their disabilities and learn that it is not cool to bully or cheat and if we tease and bully others they may just bully us back.

My review

When Captain Hake and his crew obtain a treasure map that leads them to hidden treasure in the form of a collection of racing wheelchairs, prosthetic blades and prosthetic arms, Polly the Parrott is quick to see the possibilities. Polly persuades Captain Hake to get his motley crew of one armed, one legged, one eyed pirates to try out the new equipment. What a change; soon the crew are ready for action, equipped with their fantastic new prosthetics. Then Polly has another idea, what about a piralympics? A paralympics in which all the pirate crews compete against each other, in sport and in other events such as Masterchef. Polly skilfully persuades Captain Hake to arrange the piralympics and all the other pirate Captains and their crews are keen. The fun soon begins at Blackbeard Cove, under the watchful eyes of Octy and Geoffrey the Monkey.

Polly’s Piralympics is a really fun book for children aged 6 to 11 years old. It has everything a child could want – pirates, treasure, a secret hidden island and lots of fun games and unexpected outcomes to the challenges. Michael and I enjoyed this book and even Gregory, aged 14, was very complimentary about the bits and pieces he listened to.

Goodread’s reviews

Sallyanne Cole rated this book five out of five stars and said:

What a fantastic children’s book, very well written for children. Adults also will enjoy it if they read it to a child, parts are very amusing. I very much like the fact that there is a very strong message that runs through the book. Bullying is not allowed, teasing is not allowed and how it is dealt with is fabulous in the book resulting apologies. The message is very clear and can be understood by all ages.”

Deborah Du rated this book four out of five stars and said:

“Ahoy me hearties, What a fabulous first novel from Jann Weeratunga. From the first page to the last it was Piralympics Gold. I loved how the author incorporated Piralympic games relevant for this day and age. From Masterchef, basketball, volleyball, the dance, and many more that keep you entertained throughout the book. She addresses all emotions that children feel in this day and age. A definite must buy for all parents to read to their children. I am looking forward to reading a lot more from Jann Weeratunga. Rock on Polly and Captain Hake and company.”

Purchase Polly’s Piralympics

You can purchase this book from the following outlets:

Scoobs Books Montecasino, Johannesburgb


Contact Jann Weeratunga



Facebook: Polly’s Feather Club


Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series



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21 thoughts on “My review of Polly’s Piralympics #childrensbooks

    1. It is a chapter book but each chapter deals with a new idea and topic in the common theme so they came be read almost “stand alone”. Due to this format, I think a four-year old would enjoy it and would not get lost in the story. I always found that my boys found chapter books that had one continuous theme a bit to much when they were that age. They would lose the plot of the story but the “stand alone” story by chapter always worked well for them. Sorry, a long answer to your question.


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