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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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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!
Dull-on-Sea is taken aback by the arrival of the shockingly exotic pirates, who are laid up ashore for repairs. Matilda/Tilda however is thrilled to make friends with - a pirate boy - Jim! While the older folks in the community grumble and busily complain to each other, she couldn't be happier. All told in doggerel verse, this bouncy tale gives a little life lesson in not judging a book by its cover...
The pirates actually have hearts of gold, and on leaving, the lines go:
'That night there was a tapping at Matilda's window pane. Outside was Jim. He whispered "I've got something to explain.. Whenever we stop somewhere new, the neighbours are unkind. To show them pirates aren't so bad, we leave some things behind" Shh!'
Surprises in the form of the x marks the spot kind are discovered the next day. All laid out on a double page pull out, great fun to look through.
The friendship between Tilda and Jim endures and a return visit is perhaps on the cards. The artwork is atmospheric, easy to take in. The sharply observed turn around in the reactions of the Dull on Sea Nimbies is hilarious.
Jonny Duddle has done it again, Oo Arr! Shiver me timbers...
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