White Band / Level 10

AuthorSteve Howson
IllustratorDaniel Limon
Format15x21cm, 32pg, SB
Publication Date28/01/2019
AR Rating
ISBN 978-1-84886-394-1         RRP £5.99

Pirate Parrot and the Knit-wits


Jim Squawkins has one dream: to be the greatest pirate ever to sail the seven seas. But there’s one problem: the human pirates on board the ship are only interested in knitting! Can Jim and his beastly crew find a way to make their dream come true?


White Band Structure

  • No specific phonic structure to these books, as children should be able to work out most reasonably common words without difficulty.
  • Vocab choices are appropriate to this young readership and not too complex or demanding
  • More scope for complex inference creeping in – e.g. sometimes the reader may need to read between the lines, or may know something the characters do not, or the author may set up unusual twist or surprise ending.
  • Stories are slightly longer and more complex than before and bring in knowledge from outside the story in order to understand it.
  • As above, though stories are becoming more varied in plot as well as sentence structure, sometimes including some more literary or stylised language where appropriate.