The Pirates Next Door
Written by Jonny Duddle
Illustrated by Jonny Duddle
Part of the Jonny Duddle Series
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Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Award 2012 - Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012 - Shortlisted for the National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year 2012
When the Jolley Rogers arrive at Dull-on-sea, a quiet seaside town, the pirate family ruffle the feathers of their neighbours who instantly assume the worst of them.
A message to parents from Jonny Duddle: I have been informed by my grown-up readers that the gatefold page in each of my picture books can be a bit cumbersome during bedtime reading. But kids say they love them, so you parents will just have to suffer for the children and remember it's still a lot easier than folding an ordnance survey map in high winds.
The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle
The Jolley-Rogers - a pirate family, are moving to Dull-on-Sea, a quiet seaside town. Stopping to fix up their ship, this unusual family get the whole neighbourhood spreading rumours. Defying the grown-ups, Matilda from next door decides to become friends with the youngest pirate son. When the Jolley-Rogers leave, the town discovers they were wrong to assume the worst - the pirate clan have buried treasure in everyone's gardens (shown in a stunning double-gatefold). Matilda feels sad until she discovers her own treasure - an incredibly exciting new pen friend.
Veiled in humor, but hard not to read as a parable that tweaks narrow minds and parochial attitudes. --Kirkus Reviews
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