Written by Rob Biddulph

For ages 4 to 8

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This book is best for:
  • describing
  • labelling
  • rhyme
  • speech sound - /s/


Dressed in their finest pirate costumes, Penguin Blue and his friends set out across the seven seas in search of treasure. Things take a turn for the worst when their rubber dingy unexpectedly gets sunk! But, this leads them on an adventure that will ultimately be worth much more than gold.

Sunk! is the sequel to Rob Biddulph’s award-winning Blown Away and is equally as engaging and fun to read. The illustrations are cute, colourful and incredibly detailed - children will have plenty of fun labelling the ocean animal characters and describing what they can see on the pages. There are opportunities for drawing inferences from the illustrations (e.g. “Why did the ship sink?” I can see a big hole in it! “Where was the treasure?” Look, there's a big 'X' on the island!). The bouncy rhyming text makes it fun to read aloud, and there are plenty of words containing /s/ for children to listen to and practise saying if they’re working on this sound.

For further speech and language targets, see the list below.

Book Details

Narrative Structure: Abbreviated Episode

Story Plot: Journey Tale

  • animals - ocean, zoo
  • flight
  • penguins
  • pirates
  • places - ocean
  • transport

Speech and Language Targets

Speech Sounds:
  • /r/ - ride, rip, rescue, raise, pirate
  • /r/ blends - trip, treasure, trail, tragic, brave, three, friend
  • /s/ - sunny, seal, sail, search, seven, seas, sink, small, sandy, save
  • /sh/ - ship, shipwreck, fish
  • adjectives
  • conjunctions (and)
  • labelling
  • identifying parts
  • describing
  • differences
  • explaining means to a goal
  • making inferences
  • similes (i.e. the murky depths as black as night)
  • descriptive concepts (deep, large/small)
  • location (under, out, near, far)
  • weather
  • plans
  • dialogue
  • direct character speech
Book Info

Published by HarperCollins Publishers in 2017 (ISBN: 9780008207397)

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