Captain Pugwash by John Ryan

Captain Pugwash

Written by John Ryan
Illustrated by John Ryan

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Captain Pugwash sets off in pursuit of a ship that could be carrying gold, but Cut-throat Jake is not far behind.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Captain Pugwash is a swashbuckling pirate, or so he likes to think. In fact he quakes and shakes whenever he meets the fearful Cut-Throat Jake. Luckily he has Tom as his cabin boy. Jokey pirate tales full of patches, cutlasses, treasure - and kind hearts.


Captain Pugwash by John Ryan

Frances Lincoln are delighted to present paperback editions of this classic picture book series. There's nothing more likely to prompt our portly hero into action than the prospect of treasure. So when the valiant cabin boy Tom espies a mound of yellow stuff aboard a nearby ship, the Captain sets off in hot pursuit. Unfortunately, his villainous arch-enemy, the horrible Cut-throat Jake, is not far away. Will the Captain be trapped by Jake's dastardly plan? Or will Tom, the wisest little cabin boy on the Seven Seas, have a plan of his own...?


The stories are wonderfully told: simple, clear language that stays on course... and of course the illustrations are so enduringly distinctive, with Pugwash of the late Pavarotti-like proportions. Book Magazine

Pirate tales never date and this one will be popular with young readers who will be enlivened not only by the writing but also by the numerous, vigorous and colourful illustrations. Ibby Link

The distinctive illustrations are lively, quirky and full of fun and add to the straightforward and tongue-in-cheek, amusing text. Carousel

About the Author

John Ryan

JOHN RYAN was born in Edinburgh and spent his early childhood in the UK and Morocco before moving back to England, where he worked for seven years as Assistant Art Master of Harrow School. Captain Pugwash first set sail over 50 years ago as a strip cartoon. Since then he has featured in books, films and theatres all over the world. Before his death in 2009 aged 88, John lived in Rye, Sussex, the home of smugglers in years gone by, with his wife Priscilla, who is also an artist. He has three children and a regular crew of grandchildren.

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Publication date

30th November 1999




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