Captain Sillyvoice Takes to the Stage

Children - Picture Book
36 Pages
Reviewed on 11/05/2015
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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 Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Captain Sillyvoice Takes to the Stage by Ruth Whenham is an adventurous and humorous story for kids. The story revolves around Captain Sillyvoice and his crew. Everyone knows that Captain Sillyvoice and his pirate band are the best sea shanty singers in the land. One day a new ship arrives, captained by a pirate named Scaryscar. Everyone is scared of him and he thinks he is the best singer in town. They decide to have a competition to decide who is the best singer. All the captains sing and as soon as Captain Scaryscar finishes, Captain Sillyvoice and his band shuffle onto stage and start their song. Though Captain Scaryscar slips out of the back door when the band starts singing, Captain Sillyvoice learns something that night from Scaryscar.

The story is filled with rhymes, fun, adventure and mirth. The illustrations are colorful and lively and they breathe life and movement into the story and the characters. It's a good book for bedtime story-telling and can also be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. The book also has a sea shanty for children to sing out loud. The animals in the story entertain readers in their own way. Children will enjoy the story. It has a lot of color and fun and readers get to learn new things from the story. The nautical theme is fascinating and it takes young readers into the world of pirates and things associated with the sea.