My Granny is a Pirate by Val McDermid

My Granny is a Pirate

Written by Val McDermid

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Hugely successful, internationally bestselling and multi award-winning author Val McDermid writes her first picture book for children. This wonderfully cuddly granny started life as a cabin girl and now sails the seven seas as a redoubtable pirate seeing off her enemies in no mean fashion! Granny’s exploits are recounted in a gloriously bouncy text which is perfectly matched by ebullient illustrations. A must-have book for all pirate fans.

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My Granny is a Pirate by Val McDermid

My granny is a pirate! She's sailed the seven seas. She captured many pirate ships But was always home for tea.

When a family secret about Granny is revealed, we discover all about her fearsome pirate reputation and her swashbuckling ways - from making other rogueish pirates walk the plank to singing sea shanties to her dog, Jolly Roger. Look again at your granny... could she be a pirate too?


'Jaunty nautical fun.' - Financial Times

'Enormous fun, rollicking along with great energy.' - Daily Mail

'Aided by gloriously vivid pictures.' - Primary Times

'A jolly doggerel that children will love... vibrant and energetic.' - Birmingham Post

'Brilliantly illustrated, young pirate fans will love this rhyming tale of a swashbuckling grandmother.' - Sunday Express

'Infectiously readable... delightful.' - Observer

About the Author

Val McDermid is the author of 22 bestselling novels, which have been translated into 30 languages, and have sold over 10 million copies. She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009. My Granny Is a Pirate is Val's first children's book. Val divides her time between Manchester and Alnmouth. Click here for a Q&A with Val.

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32 pages


Val McDermid
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Orchard Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Books

Publication date

5th July 2012




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