You Wouldn't Want To Sail in the Spanish Armada!

John Malam


May, 1588. You are a sailor in the service of King Philip II of Spain, and your country is about to send ‘la felicissima armada’ (Spanish for ‘the most fortunate fleet’) to invade England, your enemy. The Spanish Armada is a fleet of ships and its mission is to land soldiers on English soil. The invasion will be difficult and as you plot your course, you will soon know if you would – or wouldn’t – want to be in the Spanish Armada.

The humorous cartoon-style illustrations and the narrative approach placing readers at the centre of the narrative history encourage readers to get emotionally involved with the characters, aiding their understanding of what life would have been like in the Spanish Armada. Informative captions, a complete glossary and an index make this title an ideal introduction to the conventions of non-fiction texts for young readers.

Sample fact: ‘Of the 130 ships that left Lisbon in May, only about 65 limp back to Corunna. About 1,000 Spanish sailors died in the ill-fated mission to conquer England.’

About the Author

John Malam attended the University of Birmingham before working in publishing. He is now a writer and editor with over 20 years experience in producing books for children. He lives in Cheshire with his family.

About the Illustrator

David Antram was born in Brighton, England, in 1958. He studied at Eastbourne College of Art and then worked in advertising for 15 years before becoming a full-time illustrator.

He has since illustrated well over 100 titles, mainly for children and young adults, including around 60 in the bestselling 'You Wouldn't Want to Be' series.

Product information

Type: Paperback
Pages: 40
Size: 240 x 212 mm