First off, I would avoid this book if you don't want to be spoiled before seeing the movie, as it reveals pretty much every plot twist that will occur. That being said, if you don't mind knowing what takes place in the movie, I think you will really enjoy it!
If you've ever read the book series this movie is based on, you will notice right away that, while there are many similarities, this is in fact a COMPLETELY new story, with new characters added and all. There will be minor spoilers following, so please don't read on if you want to be completely surprised!
This book tells the story of the Pirate Captain, a determined yet hapless swashbuckler whose beard is the most luxuriant on earth; his trustworthy and loyal Number Two, Pirate With A Scarf; a trio of lovable and equally as unfortunate crew members (consisting of Albino Pirate, Pirate With Gout, and Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate, which may or may not be a woman in disguise); their adorable pet "parrot" Polly, and their quest to redeem themselves to all the other pirates of the Seven Seas by competing in the Pirate of the Year awards. Despite losing every other time they have entered, the crew sets off to Blood Island to enter into the contest once again, determined to win this time around. After being publicly humiliated by their rival pirates, Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz, the band of misfits attempt to plunder ship after ship to no avail...until they come across Charles Darwin himself. After nearly being forced to walk the plank, Darwin reveals to the crew that Polly is, in fact, the last of her kind; the Dodo. Knowing that this will impress his fellow scientists, Darwin convinces the Pirate Captain to come with him to London so that they may show Polly off, earn Darwin the respect of his peers (and the lady of his dreams), and so that the Pirate Captain can earn enough booty to win the award. Upon arriving in London, however, our unlucky cast of characters face a lot more than they bargained for...
It's a really interesting, sometimes sad, usually hilarious read that kids of all ages will adore, from beginning to suspenseful end. The text is short and sweet, and easy for younger readers to understand, all while being very funny and clever enough that even adults can enjoy it. The photos within this book are all crisp, colourful, and clear stills from the movie that showcase the beauty of Aardman's style and their attention to detail.
Again, if you don't mind yourself or your children being spoiled before seeing the movie, this book really is a great buy, especially for the gorgeous stop-motion action that takes place within it. I really recommend it and will definitely be seeing the movie as soon as it's released!