I love books and want my children to love them too. I am always on the look out for new reads and we try to get to the library to find new favourites as much as we can. When Kelly Elsworthy contacted me and asked whether I would like to take a look at her new stories I was very excited to see what they were about!
‘The Adventures of the Cuddle Pirate‘ is a series of children books that promote healthy eating. The idea is to help children identify healthy foods from an early age and encourage them to try new recipes. We all want our children to have a healthy varied diet so this is a fab idea!
I am a firm believer in healthy eating and both of my children enjoy a range of fruit and vegetables. I truly believe that teaching them young is the key as I myself am very fussy as was never encouraged to eat well as a child.
Each story has a different focus but the message is the same throughout the series- sugar doesn’t need to be added to foods, fruit and vegetables are tasty enough on their own! The main character is of course the Cuddle Pirate and he has a trusty crew – including Broccoli Brad and Blueberry Beth. There are of course baddies – namely the Sugar Shark, Choccy the crab and Pop the Burping pirana. They are forever trying to add sugar to the healthy foods and so it is up to the Cuddle Pirate to stop them!
The stories are aimed at ages 3-7 years and I would say this is about right. They are fairly long so a younger child may not stay focused to the end. The stories are well illustrated and Little G liked the fact that their was a gallery of all the characters at the end. She now knows all of the characters and actually referred to a strawberry as ‘Strawberry Sally’ the other day!
I really liked the way the story was actually printed on the page. The font itself is well designed and makes the story easy to read. I also love the fact that each story comes with a related recipe at the end. We were very excited to make the trifle and the smoothie from the two stories we read!
I would definitely recommend the stories for parents and teachers, especially if you have a fussy eater!
We were sent two stories for the purpose of this review but all thoughts and words are my own.