Thursday, June 20, 2013

A pirate book with a difference!

The Quiet Pirate by Stephanie Thatcher, Duck Creek Press

This is the second picture book by Stephanie Thatcher - the first was a boisterous story called Great Galloping Galoot about a clumsy giraffe. I think this new book will be just as popular. Barnaby is the cabin boy for a crew of disreputable and noisy pirates. Poor Barnaby can’t even yell from the crow’s nest - so he gets rubbished by the other pirates. But one day, while they’re celebrating a treasure haul with a extremely loud party, something truly terrible happens to the rest of the crew... Guess who’s left with the gold - and the ship? It’s a very readable and funny story for both adults and children - and the latter will definitely have a frisson of delighted terror when the pirates meet their ghastly end. The bright, spacious cartoon illustrations are great fun, especially the assortment of rascally pirates. This book will be given to my grandsons, aged 5 and 4 - I know they’ll love it. (Also available in paperback)

ISBN 978 1 877378 81 2 RRP $29.99 Hb $19.99 Pb

Reviewed by Lorraine Orman

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