The Gardening Pirates by Ruth Morgan


The Gardening Pirates by Ruth Morgan

A pirate tale with a twist. 'Arrrgh, me hearties!' On the bad ship Ych a fi, times are hard and rations are grim. But when cabin girl Gwen finds a mysterious seed, life starts to look up for the pirate crew ...though not for cruel Captain Cranc!


We are told on the cover of this picture book that it is a very silly story, and so it is it is also hugely enjoyable and imaginative! The Ych-a-Fi is a seriously bad pirate ship. Its captain, Captain Cranc, feeds his crew on nothing but hard ships biscuit, while he feasts on octopus pie and squid omelette. He is also a bully, and in his fits of temper resembles nothing so much as a two-year-old in full temper tantrum mode. Believing that a treasure map will lead him to gold, he insists his crew dig up the riches, but he is disgusted to find nothing but seeds, compost, and garden tools. As he is carried back in a rage to the ship, Gwen, the cabin girl, secretes the treasure about her person and proceeds to plant the seeds up in the crows nest. Soon the vegetables begin to appear, and the poor benighted sailors are feasting far better than their furious captain. When he discovers the ploy, he is beside himself with rage and begins to destroy the garden the sailors have so lovingly tended. BUT ... there is one plant, a mysterious one, that can take revenge, and as it does, the tables are turned. There are some super themes in this book. Bullying is an obvious one, fair play is another. But a rather more subtle one is that the vegetables are delicious (as well as being a true treasure) and that tending ones own plot can make them more delicious still. Vegetable-haters may well take the message on board! The illustrations, full of humour and detail with lots to talk about, add greatly to the fun. They are quirky and expressive and help us fully understand just how the Ych-a-Fi became the Yum-Yum-Yum! Elizabeth Schlenther It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council. Gellir defnyddior adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar, trwy ganiatd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru. -- Welsh Books Council

About the Author

Ruth Morgan

Ruth Morgan has written for television and radio and published fiction, poetry and plays for children of all ages. She is also a teacher and appears at a storyteller at Cardiff Castle.

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32 pages


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Publication date

13th July 2012



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