Captain Sillyvoice and his Pirate Band

Children - Picture Book
40 Pages
Reviewed on 10/10/2015
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Author Biography

Ruth Whenham began her career as a freelance writer a short time before reaching her 40th birthday. To say it was something of a mid-life crisis would be absolutely true! A graduate of Human Psychology and a former employee of the National Health Service, Ruth now splits her time between writing, looking after her family (she has two children) and volunteering at her local Citizens' Advice Bureau.

Ruth combines jaunty rhyming verse, humour and great characters to create stories that are entertaining for young children and for their parents alike!

To date, Ruth has published six children's picture books; all of which have been illustrated by talented artist, Emma K.L. Hunt.

Here is a brief summary of Ruth's six books:

My Crazy Purple Pen - featuring a crazy purple pen (funnily enough!) and a whole host of other fun characters who get caught up in the magic pen's cheeky mischief.

The Day My Teacher Came to Tea - a story about a cheeky boy whose mean teacher comes to tea, and the farce that ensues.

Birthday Cake Disaster - a tale about a girl baking a cake with her dad, or at least trying to. It's okay, the ending is a happy one, despite the title!

Captain Sillyvoice and his Pirate Band - a swashbuckling adventure featuring the very amiable Captain Sillyvoice and his rather unusual crew. In this tale these awesome pirates find a way to have fun, be themselves and become a success on the high seas.

Captain Sillyvoice Takes to the Stage - the Captain and his crew return for another fun-filled adventure during which they find themselves up against the big and mean Captain Scaryscar in a singing competition. How will they and the other pirate stars of the show get on, and who will be crowned the Sea Shanty King?

Captain Sillyvoice and the Sea Monster - Captain Sillyvoice is in a spot of bother once again! A hungry sea monster is heading towards his ship and there seems to be no way past. Join in the fun as the ever-so-nice Captain and his awesome crew try to reach their fans over on Blue Banana Beach. They have a pirate poptastic show to perform after all.

To find out more about Ruth Whenham and her books, you can visit her website at or her Facebook page She is always keen to hear from readers.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Micaela Alpert for Readers' Favorite

Captain Sillyvoice and his Pirate Band by Ruth Whenham is a wonderfully written children's book. Captain Sillyvoice and his crew are playing and having fun, but soon after they learn that they must be scary and find gold in order to be real pirates. The only problem is, Captain Sillyvoice can't be scary because his voice is squeaky and silly. He is a great singer, however, and sings a song to the queen on an island. She appoints him as the singer for her party, and in exchange he gets some gold and a five-course meal. This book was a fun read, and I really enjoyed it.

In Captain Sillyvoice and his Pirate Band, all the lines rhymed with each other, making it fun to read. The illustrations were also really enjoyable, and another thing that made the book really fun was the fact that Whenham put in some 'try-it-out' activities. One of the activities was to try to make yourself sound like Captain Sillyvoice. This book is a great read, and I definitely recommend it to young children who like adventure and funny things. This is also a good book to help teach children about rhymes and morals. The moral of this book is to not be afraid of things and 'Good things come to those who dare.' Whenham has written a series for Captain Sillyvoice, and has written other books as well. It's a great read and it's worth the buy for your child!