‘Thank you for my new book Mummy! Can we read it tonight?’ That was the immediate reaction from my seven year old son when I opened a parcel from Bloomsbury Publishers and pulled out a copy of Captain Pug!

It must say something about the visual appeal of this book that my son instantly thought it had been purchased specifically for him, and wanted to make sure it was part of his bedtime reading session that night!

He has a huge selection of books, and the gorgeous bookends we bought for him are gradually getting further and further apart, so a new and instant favourite is quite special!

A review of Captain Pug by Laura James
Captain Pug


To be truthful, I was as delighted to receive this book as my son was! I have thought for some time that there is still a gap in the market to be filled when it comes to providing books for children who are independent readers but are not quite ready for the challenge of chapter books. My son loves reading and is past the ‘early reader’ stage but in order to maintain that enjoyment of reading I often feel the need to provide books which act as a bridge between the simpler structured books his school provided and more challenging chapter books.

Captain Pug by Laura James: A Review

We have previously enjoyed the series of Claude books, and Captain Pug falls neatly into that book bracket… The text provides some challenge, but the illustrations are very powerful, anintegral part of the book and presented in a beautiful, bold limited colour palette. They are a real joy and capture the fun and adventure of the story. Pug’s expressions are captivating and there lots of details in the background to draw the reader in as Pug moves from one ‘incident’ to another.

Lady Miranda


This story is essentially about Pug’s seafaring adventure with Lady Miranda, his passion for jam tarts (which my son loved!) and his fear of the water!

Captain Pug is the first book in a glorious new illustrated series, and we can’t wait for the next instalment!

Happy reading!

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