You're the Hero: Pirate Adventure

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Pub Date 07 Apr 2020 | Archive Date 21 May 2020

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Imagine if you could have an adventure as a pirate.
What if you could have MILLIONS of them?
With this story-building book, readers aged 5+ can create their own pirate-inspired adventures, over and over again. Just read the question and choose from the vibrant pictures on the page to build the story.
The book is packed full of fun, silly and exciting things for the reader to choose from, including:
  Visiting a pirate milkshake barWearing a sparkly eye patch and a beardPacking a treasure mapVoyaging on a ghost shipSailing past an island made of chocolateFacing a tentacled sea monster  
Once they’ve finished, the reader can turn back to the start and make different choices to build a completely new tale. There are millions of possible combinations and endless stories to be told! And can you find the cheeky penguin hidden on each page?
You’re the Hero is a series of books designed to help readers dream up their very own adventures. From selecting which hero to be and where to visit, to deciding on how the story will end and choosing a reward, the reader controls the action from start to finish. Packed full of imaginative characters, thrilling places to go, hilarious random objects, and extraordinary situations to choose from, these books are made to be read again and again.
Imagine if you could have an adventure as a pirate.
What if you could have MILLIONS of them?
With this story-building book, readers aged 5+ can create their own pirate-inspired adventures, over...

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This was such a fun book to read with my kids. They both loved picking out their characters, outfits, and especially their crew. They had a lot of fun with picking out their crew. I'm sure the kids and I will be reading this book many more times.

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A perfect book to use in school with the lower levels, or lower-to middle-level English pupils! The story is fun and has a lot of different exciting and funny options for the reader to choose from, and the diversity in the characters you can be and meet along the way is perfect! I especially had a laugh with the possible appearance of the dinosaurs in the story! This book could be a great tool for pupils to write their own stories as well!

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This is an absolutely adorable book that is geared toward children in grades K to 2.  It is charmingly and amusingly illustrated throughout.

This is a book that encourages children to make choices.  For example, children are invited to embark on their adventure...which hero would they like to be?  It could be a toddler, a skeleton, a chimney sweep, a goat or there are many others to choose from.  Readers then select their clothing, where they will go, what three items they will most need and so the book continues on with choices until the very end. 

This title is an update of the choose your own adventure books.  It will appeal to little readers and would be a wonderful book to sit down and enjoy with a child that you know.

Especially now when we are stuck at home, give a child you know the gift of adventure.  I think that you will both enjoy it.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title.  All opinions are my own.]

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Review to come to my blog/goodreads tomorrow.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

I just LOVE books that make you pick your own adventure, I have read many of them in various forms. Some hold a whole story and let you pick a branch to go to, others have tabs and let you pick a tab from a selection of options given by characters/story, and then there are books like this one which give you a two page picture and let you pick a person/an object/etc.. I am a big fan of all of these, but I have to say this one is the most fun. You can make so many more stories.

This one is about PIRATES! TREASURE! Sorry, you have to put both those words in bold capslock, because they are amazing. For my first story I went with the goat who is wearing a flower garland and is visiting a forgotten city and is taking a discoball, a hula-hoop, and a bottle of milkshake with her. Along on the journey she takes on a crew of two dancing rats, a bodyguard, and a ghost. Of course she has to travel in style so she decides to go in a bathtub and we travelled past an island made of chocolate (and ate a lot of chocolate, yum)). She is definitely not looking forward to our rat friends eating all the food (they are quite hungry). When she gets to the destination of the forgotten city there are many people to greet her (she is a famous goat!), like an iguana, her cousin the llama, and some cute pirate babies. But what is this? An enemy appeared. Arrr, it is the fearsome dino pirates duo that has been haunting the seas, they are going to spring a shark with legs on me (oh no). BUT, no worries some friendly dolphins came to the rescue. Yay! As a reward for our journey we get all the fries we can eat (which goes well with the milkshake we took with us). YUM! At the end of the day the goat decides to enter for the world record for longest beard and guess what, she wins!

As you can see, I had so so much fun doing this one and I could imagine tons of more adventures with the goat, but also with others that we can select at the beginning. You can make the story scary or funny or silly or dead-serious. Whatever you want, you can do it with this book. I think I will go back and make more stories, this is a book that will keep someone busy for some time, and kids will just LOVE it. I am sure of it. So many options, fun and bright illustrations. You can be anything and go everywhere.

I would highly recommend this one and I will be off for my next adventure, this time I am going to the jungle. Look forward to it!

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You're the Hero Pirate Adventure Create Your Own Pirate Story
Do you love pirates? Do you have a special someone at your house who loves pirates and adventure? Do you love to tell stories but sometimes run out of ideas? Are you teaching a writing class and looking for ways to ignite the imaginations of your students while given them a structure to work with? If your answer is yes to any of these questions than this book is just what you need. It is is DIY (do it yourself) book of illustrated ideas for every facet of a pirate's adventure. You start by choosing the type of hero you would like - a knight, a pirate Queen, the Captain, a skeleton pirate. What will you wear - pirate boots or flip flops, an eye patch or pink sunglasses, a beard, a mustache, gold necklaces or a bowtie.? Who will be on your crew - a body guard who looks like a former football player, a doctor, a robot pirate or no one at all? Will you travel on a submarine, in a bathtub,a tanker or a raft? What route will you take? What will it be like? What are you most afraid of ? What enemy do you face? Do you escape the enemy and if so how?
What is your reward when you get to your destination? Come to think of it - what IS your destination? These are just a few of the many ideas for you to build your story with. When you are done you can create a totally different story the next day.
I highly recommend this book for all pirate fans that like to create and tell stories.

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I received a copy of this book from net galley in exchange for an honest review. I have small children and I saw this book and immediately thought of them and how they love telling stories about pirates and adventure. This is a wonderful book that sparks imagination and creative story telling just based off of a few fun choices you/they can make. Extremely fun and exciting to watch little imaginations grow. We've been through it once already before submitting the review I see a fun filled day in our future with this book. Would highly recommend to anyone with children who would love to hear story after story that their child makes up based on the prompts of this wonderful book.

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Brilliant book, I read with my nephew and he loved it from start to finish and now wants me to read it with him again

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If you're looking for a unique book with a premise about making up your own story, then this is the best book for you!

In times like this (you know, a pandemic where half of us are stuck inside or with our kids), it's great to find a book that will keep you and your little one busy. This book is the perfect fix to change up your day! It's creative, imaginative, and can get the kids involved in the story telling!

Lily Murray has previously made a book like this, but this time it's all about pirates! Essentially, you are given story queues and can then fill in the blanks of the story. But don't worry, the blanks aren't really blanks - the story provides with little pictures and ideas for the story! For example, you start out picking which person or creature you want to be the hero! Want to be a goat instead of a pirate? YOU GOT IT! And then you get them dressed, pick an adventure and continue adding to your story with each page that passes.

I seriously LOVE this book. I can't say how much I appreciate an imaginative book like this. I would have ate it up as a child, but I always loved being creative. Something like this is greatly needed in times like this, so hurray for Lily Murray! Genius!

Five out of five stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for giving me access to a copy of this absolutely wonderful book! More like this, please!

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I really enjoy the "choose your own stories" by Lily Murray. It helps kids use critical thinking skills, decision making skills, and enhances creativity and imagination. It is a great tool to have in the classroom to get kids on their feet as well as using their minds. We love to use it during story time to get up, dress up, and act out the story! I really enjoy Lily Murray's books.

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I am reviewing this book with the help of my 6 year old (first grader). We read this book together so we could both offer our opinions.

When I saw the “choose your own story” aspect of this book, I was expecting the “choose your own adventure” books I remember from my childhood, but the concept has definitely been revamped here. I would classify this as the picture book version of those types of books. Each page offers seemingly endless choices. You choose a character, props and outfit, setting, accompanying travelers, mode of travel, problem, enemy you’ll face, mode of escape, etc.

Rather than reading a written out story, you choose your elements and create the story in your imagination, so the only reading to be done is for the directions, and the description/label under the illustration for each available choice. For my kiddo, this book provided a nice break from reading chapter books.

My 6 year old gave this book 4 stars, so we’ll go with his rating. He said “This is a good book for a 6 year old. I liked that you get to choose your pieces, and that it has pirates and spooky things, and finding the penguin on the pages.”

As a parent, I wouldn’t call the entirety of the book “spooky” as my kiddo did, but there were definitely choices that appealed to him (Skelton pirate, Land of Eyes, ghost ship, underwater cliffs of doom)- it was right up his alley. On the flip side, as we read the book together, I was able to choose some tamer options for myself- I chose a goat with an emerald ring, who traveled in a bathtub to the Land of Knitting Grannies.

I also appreciated the illustrations in this book- they were very well done. I also loved that I could see this book having longevity- it would probably get picked up again in times of boredom, and would be great for car rides, waiting rooms, restaurants, etc.

Many thanks to NetGalley, Lily Murray, and Quarto Publishing Group/Ivy Kids for an advanced digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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I clicked on this not knowing anything about it, and assuming it was some kind of junior choose-your-own-adventure book, perhaps a comic book one. But no. The whole shtick of the book – and others in the series – is that you hit the regular beats in a pirate story, such as deciding what kind of pirate you'll be (or even if you'll be a goat), where you'll go and why and how, and every double-page spread offers you a possible selection. I'm sure a good home tutor could come up with a similar thing to do as a parlour game, where imaginative children could answer the prompts and pick enough things to stumble on a reasonable narrative, but this is still worth a good look. The fact there are so many choices per spread – over a dozen things to select from at every turn – means that while this might be a modern narrative form of those things where you flip over the top third of a person, the middle third and the legs to present a wacky body shape and costume out of numerable possibilities, there is still a great scope for coming up with something new countless times. Also, it will generate an interest in published pirate stories, which the child will like as not find fun – but they will perhaps enjoy more the fact they'll have 'written' their own first.

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This book was absolutely amazing and my son and I enjoyed reading it together! The illustrations are vivid, but what makes this book great is that you get to choose your adventure. This book is on the list to buy as soon as it's released!

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Are you ready to go on a Pirate Adventure? You can choose the hero you want to be, where you want to go and go back and change the story again. With each page, your child is engaged in each scenario. You also have a friend hiding in each page that you can help spot. It can be funny, a little scary but always with a good ending. Because you are the hero of the story. I had to chuckle because one of the things you got to choose was a life time of toilet paper. What kiddo would not what that along with their parents. Have Fun and have an adventure with the Pirates of the sea!

A Special Thank you to Quarto Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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This is absolutely perfect for those children who love to have the same book every night but whose parents cannot take one more night reading the same words. Each night you and your child can create a new story and have fun picking different options and combinations!

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I absolutely wish these books existed when I was a young, aspiring writer. Maybe I would have stuck to it!! Great illustrations and easy to follow instructions on how to create your own pirate story.

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I love build-your-own-story books and this one did not disappoint! The colors are vibrant and the illustrations are wonderful. You get an explanation of how you're supposed to read the book and create your own story. I read it in ebook form, but it would be wonderful as a physical book! I really hope that when this is published, it comes with all the little piece options that you can pick out and put together as you go along choosing things, so that the reader can play along with their story pieces after the book is over.

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You’re the Hero Pirate Adventure was a hoot! My 5 yr old, 9 yr old, and I went through the story and we wrote it out on a piece of paper so they could both read each of their stories at the end. Oh it was so much fun!

I was provided with an electronic ARC through NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

This is a great book for children who love adventure stories. This book is a pirate adventure which you choose how it will go and what you will be, use, have etc throughout the whole book. This is an amazing book for children to ignite their imaginations!

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This is a great style of book. Not only do you get to read with your child, but you also get to let them choose the adventure. This makes reading even more fun for them, as well as helping them with their listening skills, words and ability to connect images with letters. The illustrations are colourful and great.

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We recently read the Jungle Adventure book as well, and adored it. This book was just as good, if not better. The whole family enjoyed this book at bedtime. We each chose pieces of our adventure on each page. This book was fun, funny, and spurred conversations about why we each chose what we did, as well as imagination in thinking what our adventure would entail. Fantastic book! Great for all ages!

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This was a cute adventure book that will certainly inspire young writers! It's not a traditional choose-your-own-adventure, it's more of a guide for characters and a plot to help a young writer tell a story. The illustrations are wonderful and really help give life to a story.

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Thank you Net Galley for letting me review this children's book. What a fun story!!! I liked this style of a "you choose your adventure" for younger children. The colorful pictures and ideas for the pictures are engaging and funny. I will recommend this book for our library. I believe the younger children will really enjoy this book. Well done!!! #PirateAdventure #NetGalley

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I'm loving Lily Murray's choose your adventure books. There are endless possibilities for your story. It encourages kids to be creative while reading.

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This is a BRILLIANT book that has entertained my 3.5 year old for AGES on LOTS of occasions and sometimes - wait for it - INDEPENDENTLY!!

It’s a “choose your own adventure”. On the first page the reader is encouraged to choose which character they would like to be. A skeleton maybe? A parrot? Perhaps a pirate granny? And on the following spreads you have to make further difficult decisions. Where will you go? What will you take with you? What dangers will you face and how will you escape? With so many choices on each spread the combinations are almost endless, and therefore so are the stories you can tell.

Some of the possibilities are very funny and have had us laughing out loud. My son particularly liked the idea of being a skeleton riding on the back of a friendly shark to an island full of confectionary!

As well as giving me 10 minutes to have a cuppa in peace, what is great about this book is that it encourages the reader to tell their own story, which is great for language development and imagination as the story is inevitably embellished (I’m not gonna lie, sometimes Spider-man turns up and there’s nothing I can do about it).

The illustrations are bold and colourful with plenty to look at on each page. There’s also a penguin to spot throughout the book, which adds a further layer of entertainment.

If pirates are not your bag then Lily Murray has written a similar book with a different illustrator that is set in the Jungle (which we’ll definitely be purchasing!).

If your little one is a fan of the classic book, You Choose, pirates, or telling their own stories then I’d highly HIGHLY recommend investing in this book!!

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You're the Hero: Pirate Adventure - by Lily Murray
Published by: Ivy Kids
Pub Date: 7 Apr 2020

This book had myself and some friends chuckling for ages! For a few years now there have been several books in which you can create your own plots by choosing certain options and then turning to that page. I remember one girl in my class being fascinated with one of these book types for ages! Murray’s book is an updated version of this model. It reaches an even younger audience because it doesn’t require a lot of heavy reading or page finding. On each page is a certain aspect of the story, which you choose. Such as: what you will wear or where the adventure takes place. You then simply turn the page for the next part of the story! The pictures are beautiful and inviting and no matter how many times you read it, there are 100s of different ways to tell the story! A great, fun and interactive read!!

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This is a book that just keeps on giving. It's powered by the reader's imagination and creativity. It is a story-building book of which I am a huge fan. The possibilities of a tale based on a Pirate theme awaits instruction and mobilization.

The readers simply read the questions and then choose from quirky, silly and sometimes exciting illustrations to build their own personal stories. Kids will love the challenge and the fun of dreaming about life on the high seas as a pirate and acting out their fantasies.

Visiting a pirate milkshake bar
Wearing a sparkly eye patch and a beard
Packing a treasure map
Voyaging on a ghost ship
Sailing past an island made of chocolate
Facing a tentacled sea monster ... how fun are these?

The coolest thing of all? Once that tale is complete then the reader can go back to the start of the book and sail off once again using their ingenuity and inventiveness to build a completely different story. The illustrations offer the reader, clothes to dress up in, places to go, a variety of random objects to take with them, crew members to pick from, a mode of travel, different journey routes, rewards, and how to end the tale, just to name a few. The illustrator has embedded an adorable little penguin to find on each page.

This is a perfect book for little ones on lockdown. It is a book that can be enjoyed time and time again. I highly recommend it.

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We have had fun with this never ending story book, you can never run out of story ideas. We really liked the range of different pictures and adventures to go on. This book is for all ages, of either gender. The possibilities are endless. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book.

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With so many different options (a lot of which will make you laugh out loud) to build your own adventure, as well as fun, colorful illustrations, this book should be a must-have for any younger kids. My students were absolutely ecstatic when they heard about it, and thought it was the COOLEST thing that they could build their own pirate adventure!

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Love the idea that you get to "Choose your own Adventure"~Each time you read the story you get a different ending!!! Love It! Great Illustrations.
Thanks Quarto Publishing and NetGalley for the ARC!!!

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Prompts for kids to create a detailed adventure.

Kids choose everything from character to water transportation, and what to do on their trip. There are many choices to make so the story could be very different every time. This is not a choose your ending type of book. Instead, the reader gets to choose everything in the story as if they are creating it themselves. For instance, there are sixteen choices for each question and fourteen parts of the story.

This is a good book for families to read together. Using the prompts, the story can be as detailed as they want. It would be fun to take turns choosing parts of the story.

I received an ARC from Quarto Publishing through NetGalley. This in no way affects my opinion or rating of this book. I am voluntarily submitting this review and am under no obligation to do so.

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Just like her other book I reviewed I really loved this one. The art work is very cute and bright and the story is entertaining for children. My three year olds loved it.

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Ahoy Mateys!
I’ve always loved choose your own adventure books, and this one is a very cool choose your own adventure style book for young children.

There are so many choices the kids can make and come up with a really exciting and adventurous story.

The choices are so clever and amusing and absolutely full of piratey things and humor!

This book can be re-read many times and kids will not get bored of it, as they can go through the book again and take many different paths to make up different stories.

The illustrations are really cute, vibrant and eye catching.

I would recommend this book for all young kids who are looking for an adventure!

Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an advance reader’s copy for an honest review.

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It is a Pirate adventure book. You pick who you are, what you take with you, whom you bring along, where you go, how you go, whom do you meet, how you overcome your problem there, etc. It is a fun ride. Kids will enjoy it. Illustrations are bright, colourful and wonderful.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the eARC

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