REVIEW: Barefoot Books, Portside Pirates & Sarah Eastes (Norfolk)


Port Side Pirates!
Traverse the high seas with a lively band of buccaneers as they enjoy a melodic adventure aboard their galleon. Includes fun information about historical pirates, pirates around the world, and even a helpful chart naming the parts of a ship. Book with CD editions include song sung by Mark Collins.
Ages 3 to 7 years
Written By: Oscar Seaworthy, Illustrated By: Debbie Harter, Sung By: Mark Collins
Hardback with accompanying CD – £10.99

WARNING!!! Do not buy this book unless you are prepared for your child to almost instantly become a swashbuckling pirate!!

I was thrilled recently to receive this lovely book, Portside Pirates, from Sarah Eastes who has been a Barefoot Books ambassador for some time now. Now having sold children’s books for years myself I have a natural love of them anyway, but this book really did grasp my interest, as well as my 4yr old son’s – and my Husband’s too (the other professional bedtime storyteller in our house!).

I have a LITTLE confession to make actually. When I was a book seller myself, naturally Barefoot was a competitor, so being the mature person I am, I rechristened then “Bare-arse Books” and branded them as “Wishy-washy titles, no substance to them, a bit airy fairy”. Now have experienced Portside Pirates and some of the other Barefoot range I am very happy to be able to recant that (ok and a bit ashamed!) as these titles are anything BUT wishy-washy!

Delightful illustrations, a great story- perfectly written for storytelling and with a CD with accompanying music &story makes this title a great gift to keep or share, for boys or girls aged 3-7years. Priced at £10.99 for a Hardback with accompanying CD this is a really good quality and an excellent price.

Rating 5/5 – Kieran was thrilled with this title, the illustrations, the sing-song story and it really captured his imagination. I was very impressed with the quality of the book and accompanying CD and found the pirate facts throughout the books very interesting! I would be very happy to give this book as a gift.


Sarah, Mum to two lovely boys, started selling these titles after being pointed to them by her Mum. Both being teachers they could see the benefits to the range of titles and gifts that Barefoot have on offer and she decided to build a home-based business around this, making herself available for her children whenever needed whilst enjoying building something she really believed in. Sarah stated as an Ambassador early in 2008 and hasn’t looked back. She now has a team of Ambassadors around the UK she supports with starting/running their own businesses.

Based in Norfolk, Sarah take these award-winning books, puzzles, puppets, story CDs and music CDs from Barefoot Books to events of any size and description including parties, individual orders, fundraisers, school fairs, storytelling events (Sarah can be booked for a modest fee to to go into schools, toddler groups, nurseries, etc to hold a session of interactive story-telling), library orders and much more.

To contact Sarah about any aspect of Barefoot Books, be it to see a catalogue, discuss how the business works and receive no obligation information, to have her attend an event or with any general queries please email her.
The full range of books can also be viewed, and purchased direct from Sarah from her website.
Similarly you can find her on Twitter (@barefootsarah) or visit her Facebook Page.

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