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Captain Pugwash and the Wreckers [Paperback]

John Ryan

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4 Mar 2010 Captain Pugwash
That most unlikely of pirates, the greedy, selfish Captain Pugwash is at the helm once more. And his familiar crew are all aboard.

'Plundering porpoises! I suppose I ought to put you all in irons!' cries Captain Pugwash, on discovering his crew about to tuck into a tasty midnight feast. Luckily for the crew, Pugwash decides to join in the feast instead! But then more uninvited guests drop in - and a most unwelcome bunch they are too. But there's a surprise in store for Jake and his evil gang - the mysterious islanders from nearby Rummi-Tummi are on their way!

And in the second of these two exciting stories, Captain Pugwas is in a jovial mood. He's about to set sail for the Indies with the greatest load of silver bullion ever! But Cut-throat Jake overhears his plans and is determined to wreck the Black Pig.

John Ryan's jolly captain is as bumbling and amusing as ever in these two pirate stories.

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The beauty of pirate stories like these is that they are timeless. Reading through these two slim volumes brought back many fond memories from when I was a kid, yet they seem as fresh and enjoyable as ever. Younger boys (and of course girls) will lap these up, both when read to them as bedtime stories and when read themselves. The publishers suggest they are for ages 7+ but I am sure that there will be a number of slightly younger children whose reading abilities will be advanced enough to cope with them. Reviewing stories that are already such a huge part of the national consciousness is very difficult, but then again there has to be a reason why they have become so well known, and that is simply because they are really, really enjoyable to read. These are not stories that should lie dormant because they were written some time before the Harry Potter phenomenon kicked off and created the renaissance in children's literature; these are stories that should be read again and again, each generation passing on to the next at bedtime. (Bookzone4boys )

Liberally peppered with John Ryan's excellent illustrations the stories move quickly giving a huge sense of achievement to less experienced readers. These well known characters are well worth a revisit. (www.writeaway.org.uk )

John Ryan's short tales of the ever optimistic Captain Pugwash are as delighful as ever. (School Librarian )

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John Ryan was born in Edinburgh and spent his early childhood in the UK and Morocco before moving back to England, where he worked for seven years as Assistant Art Master of Harrow School. Captain Pugwash first set sail over 50 years ago as a strip cartoon. Since then he has featured in books, films and theatres all over the world. Before his death in 2009 aged 88, John lived in Rye, Sussex, the home of smugglers in years gone by, with his wife Priscilla, who is also an artist. He has three children and a regular crew of grandchildren.

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