A Very Fishy Battle by Jeremy Strong

A Very Fishy Battle

Written by Jeremy Strong
Part of the Pirate School Series

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It is true that author Jeremy Strong knows just how to make children laugh. This book follows the hilarious exploits of the pirates at pirate school and the theft of their food! In a chaotic plan involving dolphins and other sympathetic sea-life, can the pirates get their grub back? Jeremy Strong won the Children's Book Award in 1997 with his book ‘The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog’ and you can see why with his unique brand of ridiculousness.

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A Very Fishy Battle by Jeremy Strong

Patagonia Clatterbottom is very cross. Other pirates have ambushed the Pirate School's food. So, she's going to teach the children - Smudge, Flo, Ziggy and Corkella - how to make a proper pirate attack and get their food back. But things go wrong, and all the teachers are captured! Luckily the children have a plan.


'His books are preposterously entertaining' Observer

'Strong's books are hugely popular with young children with their breezy daft exuberance' Sunday Times

About the Author

Jeremy Strong

Jeremy Strong is a fantastic children's author. His books are side splittingly funny and once you have read one your children will be asking you to get more.

His work has a wide ranging appeal to the 7+ market (5-7s who are keen readers will love them too) especially to boys and tomboys. Jeremy was born in Eltham, South East London in November 1949. He has had a varied career path before becoming an author including jobs as a: Head Teacher, Caretaker, Strawberry Picker, Jam Doughnut Stuffer! His first published book was Smith's Tail in 1978 and he now lives in Kent.

Jeremy’s work is characterised by humour and direct child appeal. The books are packed with tongue in cheek gags and characters and situations that your children will love. He says of himself "My sense of humour got stuck at age ten." He thinks his writing has been influenced most of all by Spike Milligan, but also by falling on his head when he was three years old.

When he was about eighteen he started writing very serious stories for adults, but none of them were published. By the time he was twenty-one he was writing stories for children after realizing that he loved writing funny stories and making people laugh.

Five Things You Didn't Know About Jeremy Strong:
1. Jeremy Strong used to be Headmaster to The Diary of Dennis the Menace author, Steven Butler! Steven thanks Jeremy for helping to turn him from a reluctant reader, to an avid reader and finally a writer.

2. Jeremy's first book was called Smith's Tail and it was about a cat.

3. Jeremy once worked in a bakery, putting the jam into three thousand doughnuts every night.

4. Jeremy started writing stories when he was eight years old. When he was eighteen he started writing very serious stories for adults, but none of them were published. By the time he was twenty-one he was writing stories for children, and quickly realized that he loved writing funny stories and making people laugh.

5. If Jeremy wasn't a writer he would want to play the piano really, really well, or be a terrific artist.


The Children's Book Award 1997 for The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog
The Sheffield Children’s Book Award 1998 (Shorter Novel category) for Pirate Pandemonium
The Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2000 (Shorter Novel category) for Dinosaur Pox

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Book Info


64 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

2nd August 2007




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