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Pirate Gran [Hardcover]

Geraldine Durrant , Rose Forshall
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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19 Nov 2008
Meet Gran - who has been a pirate since she was a young girl! With a pet crocodile who sleeps under her bed, a wicked sense of humour and a whole raft of adventures under her belt, knowing Gran is never dull! This witty, quirky and uniquely illustrated book will take kids on a rollocking journey of pirating and fun, and make adults laugh. The prizewinning story in a competition organised by the BBC's RAW Campaign, which encourages adults to write and read stories with their children, the tale was featured on BBC London. The National Maritime Museum loved it so much they decided they wanted to publish it - and this is the result.

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: National Maritime Museum (19 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0948065966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0948065965
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 934,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Geraldine is a feature writer and journalist whose work has been syndicated to newspapers and magazines worldwide.

She was commissioned to write Pirate Gran by the National Maritime Museum after a shorter version of her story won a BBC competition to promote literacy and encourage parents to read with their children.

With three sons and four grandchildren of her own, Geraldine has always believed story-telling and word games play a crucial part in encouraging children to fluency in reading.

"Reading is a life-skill and encouraging their children to enjoy books is one of the most crucial lessons a parent can teach - and one which will give them lifelong pleasure.

"Storytelling - particularly at bedtime - is also a great way to give children a sense of security and being loved."

Geraldine's second book in the series, Pirate Gran goes for Gold (also illustrated by artist Rose Forshall) was published in hardback in October 2010.

And their naughty-but-nice heroine returned in a new adventure, Pirate Gran and the Monsters, in October 2012.

Twinbane: An Appalling True History (published August 2010) is Geraldine's first novel.

An hilarious tale of villainy and magic aimed at eight to 14-year-olds, its clever word play and quirky humour will also appeal to older fans of Terry Pratchet and Lemony Snicket.

The Pirate Gran series has been adapted for the stage by the award-winning Scamp Theatre Company, whose previous productions have included shows based on the work of Children's Laureates Julia Donaldson and Michael Morpurgo.

Pirate Gran on Stage, which is an Arts Council-sponsored project, is currently touring the UK, ahead of its run at the South Bank Udderbelly Festival, and a month-long stay in Edinburgh for Festival month.

Two Bad Grans, Geraldine's latest book illustrated by Sarah Horne, is published by Piccadilly Press, and tells the story of the two naughtiest old ladies in the world.

When their grandchildren arrive they realise things must change, because "when you're a Granny you have to be GOOD, and start to behave like all good Grannies should..."

"They always say you should write about what you know, so I suppose the fact that I have written a lot about naughty old women must say something about me." Geraldine laughed.

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A feisty story, with plenty of pratfalls that older children will appreciate and some gentle feminism to please their mothers --Time Out

Rose Forshall s comic style illustrations provide a treasure trove of clues to Gran's piratical past ... Geraldine Durrant s swashbuckling story of Gran s escapades, both past and present, and how she met and married Grandpa is awash with witty asides and humour. --Books for Keeps

From the Publisher

- Winner of BBC London's One Minute Short Story Competition
- Engaging, humorous and delightfully silly
- Quirky and unusual illustration

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun! 5 Dec 2008
I saw this book on TV when it won a competition so I thought I would get it for my 4-year-old niece. She absolutely loved it and I keep getting requests to read it again and again! The illustrations are lively and fun and the writing is very funny.

The story (which is particularly good for Grannies to read, I suppose, though that did not stop me and my niece from enjoying it) is about a granny who is very much like most grannies today but when she was young she used to be a pirate. The humour is in the matter-of-fact way that the story of her pirating days is told, as if it was a perfectly natural career choice for her to make. Her adventures are great fun and there are lots of interesting things on each page to look at.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pirate Gran a hit with Grandchildren 8 Feb 2009
I gave copies of Pirate Gran to two of my grandchildren for Christmas. Both thoroughly enjoyed it, were disappointed to hear that the author hadn't written any other books and asked me to look out for any more she might write.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book 6 Mar 2011
By Nicky22
We first discovered this book at the library and we got it out time and time again, we just had to buy the book for our collection. Our little 3 year old boy just loves the book, so does the whole family. I would recommend to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pirate Gran 25 Jan 2011
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Bought as a present for 4 year old grand son, but this lovely story is enjoyed by his 2 year old sister, especially when read by grandma or grand dad. In fact it's been read so many times a replacement copy may be needed soon!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 14 Jun 2014
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We had sen the stage version and wanted to read the book.

Well written and funny. I Would recommend it
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