Bumble & Snug and the Angry Pirates

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

Best friends Bumble and Snug live in Bugbopolis and love to go adventuring together. But when they accidentally wind up on a desert island, and then inadvertently steal and give away some pirates' buried treasure (they think it's just a useful chest and some shiny rocks) – including a very valuable diamond – they find themselves in a spot of trouble.

The pirates are rather angry about their treasure going missing – but not for the reasons you might think...

The diamond's real value lies in its special ability to keep a neighbouring giant purple octopus peaceful. Without it, the octopus will likely destroy Bugbopolis. Can Bumble and Snug get the treasure back? Or help the pirates solve the octopus problem another way?

This colourful, compact graphic novel is funny and action-packed, and a great book for less confident readers of all ages. The characters of Bumble and Snug are wonderfully realized: Bumble is excitable and bouncy while Snug is quieter and more of a worrier.

They work together to solve problems and help each other very effectively, while the story cleverly covers the management of emotions, especially how anger can be used to mask other feelings, like being scared. A really fun read.

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