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The Pirates! In an Adventure with Whaling Paperback – 1 Jun 2006


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (1 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753820803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753820803
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.6 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Silly, surreal and absolutely and utterly hilarious, THE PIRATES! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH WHALING is possibly the funniest book I've ever read. (IMAGE (September 2005))

Defoe's pint-sized book has an exceedingly high gag quota and the daft, innocent humour is reminiscent of Monty Python. The perfect way to lighten the mood during long, dark winter months ahead. (Sarah Tierney CITY LIFE (8.12.05)) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Pirates return in a tale of killer mosquitoes, crippling debt, Las Vegas stageshows and an elusive white whale.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Whyte on 21 Jan 2006
Format: Hardcover
Gideon Defoe's sequel to The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists (which I haven't read). A good funny read, somewhat in the Lemony Snicket gothic vein but a bit more burlesque. The pirate captain foolishly purchases the fanciest pirate ship in the yard and as a result the pirates have to turn to increasingly desperate ways of making money such as treasure hunting, putting on a Vegas show, and actual pirating. A "Learn More About..." section in the back suggests ways you can help yourself if you, too, take on unmanageable debt. I actually liked the incidental gags more than the main humorous thrust of the book -- the map in the front showing how the whale evaded the pirates by hiding among tepees in North Dakota, the "Learn More About..." seciton, and the list in the back of 150 non-existent additional books in the series, such as The Pirates! In An Adventure with Rabbits, The Pirates! In An Adventure With Catastrophe Theory, and Back To Pirate Academy, Pirate Captain! vols 1-7.
Weirdly, this is called The Pirates! In An Adventure with Ahab in America. Why?
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By smahman on 21 Sep 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
But not as good as the scientists. Don't get me wrong I really enjoyed this, but it didn't make me laugh quite as much as the first one, which I re-read scientists the other day and still made an embarrassment of myself on the tube; so it's not a case of the joke itself getting tired.

Whales still prompted the sort of helpless outbursts of laughter that gets you funny looks and a seat to yourself on public transport, just not quite as often as the first book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John on 26 May 2008
Format: Paperback
The Pirates! in an adventure with Whaling(or with Ahab if American) draws it humour from slapstick, Monty Python, Carry on and Blackadder. Its not for children, as much of the humour relies on an adult appreciation of cliché and irony, though children may well enjoy it. This one is one long mickey take on Moby Dick.

When they are not belting out a lusty sea shanty or arguing about the best way to prepare ham, there's nothing pirates like more than a rousing adventure. And this is what the Pirate Captain, (the best leader in the Pirate world because of his beard and rugged good looks but not the sharpest cutlass in the armoury) and his shipful of variously named pirates--the scarf-wearing pirate, the pirate with an accordion, are going to get.

It also only 180ish pages long in a hand size paperback so its not going to be a heavy read. Highly recommended second of series and according to Aardman Animations website, author Gideon Defoe is working with producer/director Peter Lord on the screenplay and with writers Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil Hyperdrive (TV series) to turn the first two books from the series into a movie.
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By Amazon Customer on 8 Mar 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Buy the entire series, they're so, so funny and a nice quick read if you're feeling in a bit of a rubbish mood.
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