I’m going into school for my weekly story+craft session with 5/6/7 year olds and today I’ve got a corker of a book to read with them. Sir Scallyway and the Golden Underpants by Giles Andreae and Korky Paul is going to take the kids by storm, I’m sure of it!
Told in undulating rhyme, Sir Scallyway and the Golden Underpants is a rip-roaring read about the theft of King Colin’s “underpants of power”. One night they are stolen by a wicked giant (who walks away wearing them on his head) and in order to restore them to their rightful owner, the King’s bravest knight, six-year old Sir Scallyway (and his loyal steed Doofus) enter in to battle with the thief. But how can a six-year old defeat a giant? Will things turn out all right in this hilarious David and Goliath-esque tale?
Quick thinking, cunning and guile do of course save the day, but along the way readers are treated to hairy, bare bottoms, the threat of heads being chopped off and flushed down the loo and the sight of a poor defeated giant sucking his thumb as he cries for his mummy. I just know the kids are going to adore the pint-sized hero in this story and its perfect mix of rude naughtiness, adventure and laughter.
Giles Andreae is a master at writing books that want and deserve to be read out loud – I think he’s a “knack” for apparently effortless rhyme and rhythm that easily matches Julia Donaldson. And Sir Scallyway and the Golden Underpants is no exception – it’s a whole lot of fun to read aloud, to “perform”!
Korky Paul’s illustrations, which have always reminded me a little of those by the late, great Ronald Searle, are delightfully messy, grotesque and detailed; a perfect match for this flamboyant and comical caper.
In the interest of getting kids REALLY excited about books and stories, whilst reading Sir Scallyway and the Golden Underpants this afternoon I shall be wearing some underpants on my head.
Yes, that’s right. I’ll be making the staff wonder why on earth they have this madcap woman come in and tell stories, by going around for the afternoon wearing pants on my head. But these are no ordinary pants. They are underpants of pure gold!
Here’s M modelling them:
They were simple to make – I simply got a bunch of golden ribbons and sewed them on to a spare pair of children’s shorts. I think they look very effective and rather fancy making a pair for myself to wear (under my clothes rather than on my head ).
The kids in story time, alas, will not be making their own pairs of golden underpants. We’ll be making golden crowns instead. A good dose of bling and silliness – we’re going to have fun this afternon!
Whilst sewing and prancing about wearing our golden underpants we listened to:
Other activities which would be fun to do alongside reading Sir Scallyway and the Golden Underpants include:
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Disclosure: I receive a copy of this book from the publisher. This review, however, remains my own and honest opinion.