Laura James and Eglantine Ceulemans
Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Their latest adventure sees Pug and Lady Miranda holidaying in Pebbly Bay.
They’re just preparing to indulge themselves in a hotel breakfast of some rather yummy jam tarts when in through the window flies a parrot. Showing a distinct lack of interest in the tasty fare on the tray, the bird takes off with a teaspoon.
Thus begins a seaside sojourn, which might be a bit of a challenge, for Pug is scared of water.
Things don’t go too well and before long, the dog is flat out in the vet’s operating theatre on account of an unlucky accident.
Lady Miranda’s comment on his being given an eye-patch to wear sparks one of her good ideas and soon Pug is also sporting a pirate’s hat.
Meanwhile in the town square crowds are gathering for a rehearsal of the Pebbly Bay Parade.
It’s in celebration so the mayor tells Lady Miranda and Pug, of the day the town was freed from pirate rule.
As she’s showing them her special gold chain of office, down swoops that pesky parrot Rio who seizes the chain and flies off with it.
Is Pug brave enough to sail the high seas and join the others on a boat trip across to Finders Keepers Island to rescue the treasured item?
Arch-enemy Finnian and his gang are already on the ocean in their own craft so it looks like trouble is in store.
With the usual brand of charm, humour, fun and frolics, Pug’s fourth book is ideal for new solo readers and a fun read aloud. Make sure you give your audience time to see Eglantine Ceulemans’ engaging illustrations if you share it.