The Pirates Next Door (Jonny Duddle) Paperback – 1 Mar 2012
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Veiled in humor, but hard not to read as a parable that tweaks narrow minds and parochial attitudes.
About the Author
Jonny Duddle lives in North Wales with his wife and young family. He is the concept artist for Aardman Animation's forthcoming film The Pirates! (UK release March 2012). He has also written and illustrated the hugely successful picture book The Pirate-Cruncher, (Templar Publishing) longlisted for the Greenaway Medal, and illustrated the cover for Nation by Terry Pratchett, shortlisted for Best Children's Illustrated Book at the English Association Book Awards.
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Top Customer Reviews
Won't be reading this one to him for now, it seems nice, nice illustrations and storyline looks interesting (I have not read the whole thing though) but it is just far too long for a toddler with short attention span.
Maybe when he is 3 (and hopefully he will still like pirates by then)
We've had this 24 hours and I think I've read it more than ten times already. The fab poster cover from the hardback is on daughter's door and both children stand staring in awe at all the piratey detail.
I love all the hidden pirate clues and details hidden in the fantastic illustrations. There are barrels of grog, and it actaully makes reference to how grandpa pirate came to have a hook instead of a hand: much better than the saccharine sanitised pirates you often get. This really works on so many levels, and I won't be hiding this one in the book box to avoid reading it again, as has happened with other less lovely books.
I'd definitely recommend this. Pirate mum could even become my fashion icon.
The book is about a boy and his pirate family. Some pirates move to Dull-On-Sea, next door to a girl called Matilda. The girl thinks it is great that some pirates have moved next door and says to Jim-Lad, ‘you’re cool!’. But the pirates get up to mischief and start doing naughty things. The people of Dull-On-Sea wanted them to go away so they phoned up the council.
One of our favourite characters was Nugget; “My favourite character is Nugget because she is really, really cheeky, rude and funny and she is learning to fire cannon balls”.
You should read this book because if you read the blurb it sounds exciting and the name sounds really cool and the pictures look cool and they are a crazy family.
The book is about a super family and the pages are detailed with writing and the pages are colourful.
So those are some of the opinions of my class and I can back them up. A fantastic picture book that children love!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 2 year old loves this book! The illustrations are great, the rhyming is fun and we have lots of fun doing the voices of all the different characters.Published 4 months ago by A Campbell
This book is great, really really enjoyable as a bedtime read for my 6yr old. We've sat and read this more times than I care to remember at bedtime, swinging our imaginary... Read morePublished 4 months ago by KMatt
Stunning Book all pictures large and colourfull, my grandchildren love it.Published 5 months ago by S A Baldwin
I really love this book. I love it because it has a bit more writing on the page so it's perfect for youngsters who are at a transitional stage. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cs
brilliant book! a bedtime favourite and one that I don't mind reading over and over.
I'll be buying more of this author.
Great rhymes and engaging illustrations.