Captain Cat and the Treasure Map! by Sue Mongredien (Illustrated by Kate Pankhurst) – Book Review


The First book in a laugh-out-loud, highly illustrated piratical adventure series for newly confident readers and families to enjoy together.

Join Captain Patch the cat and her crew as they sail the seven seas in this puuuurfect piratical story! Patch is the ship’s cat who lives aboard The Golden Earring. Along with her friends, Cutlass the parrot and Monty the Monkey, Patch frequently gets the pirate crew out of trouble – although they never seem to realise just how much she does to save the day…and their skins!

In this first adventure, the pirate crew discover a treasure map and set out to find where X marks the spot. But little do they know the treasure is cursed and it’s up to Captain Cat to stop them… before it is too late!


Sue Mongredien has had over one hundred children’s books published, including the Oliver Moon and Secret Mermaid series for Usborne, and the Prince Jake books for Orchard. She is also one of the authors behind the internationally bestselling Rainbow Magic series, as Daisy Meadows. She lives in Bath with her husband and their three children.


Kate Pankhurst lives in Leeds with her family and spotty dog, Olive. She has a studio based in an old spinning mill where she writes and illustrates children’s books. Recent projects have included the Fantastically Great Women series and Mariella Mystery Investigates series. Kate is distantly related to the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, something that has been an influence on the type of books she enjoys creating for children.

What I Thought

Captain Cat is a fun and pacy story with a cast of loveable characters in both the animal and human pirates aboard The Golden Earring. My favourite was the parrot Cutlass and his awful jokes and puns.

This is a perfect story to read out loud thanks to a whole host of sound effects.

The story itself is fairly straightforward – pirates find treasure map pointing to Cursed treasure. Patch (cat), Cutlass (parrot) and Monty (monkey) realise the curse means death so try and stop their human counterparts getting the treasure. Cue hilarious escapades.

What really bought this to life for me were the illustrations (and in my advanced copy they were only rough pencil sketches).

As a series my hope is that we get to find out more about each character as we go through. For example pirate mate Ginger is ridiculed by Captain Halibut for her poor reading but then is described writing postcards home. It’s odd to hear of a pirate having any home but the ship so I hope we get to hear more about Ginger in future books.

Captain Cat and the Treasure Map! Is out now and the second book Captain Cat and the Great Pirate Race is publishing in July. Thank you to Jo Hardacre at Pan Macmillan for the gifted copy for the purposes of this honest review.

Posted on February 10, 2019, in Book Reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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