In the end I don’t think it mattered that Stitch Head The Pirate’s Eye is Guy Bass’s second book about Stitch Head. I fell right into the swing of things. Maybe it helped that I met Stitch Head in person the other week, or perhaps it’s just having a general understanding of how mad scientists tend to create new creatures in their castles.
Stitch Head is a sweet little thing, but he needs to get out more and he must learn to appreciate his own worth.
Here he revisits his favourite pirate by becoming something of a pirate himself. It’s not easy for someone stuck in his room, and who doesn’t believe in himself, but Stitch Head can do it.
He builds himself a boat, and he sorts out the important things like a sword and a parrot (not entirely satisfactorily), and with his dear friends Creature and Arabella he sets out to do good things. Because it’s time. Because he deserves to.
Whenever Pete Williamson illustrates a book, his pictures are always good and always important. Here I would say they make the book what it is (not that the story is wanting, because it isn’t), and it’s a pleasure to look at every single page.
That doesn’t always happen.