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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.

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The Pirates Next Door Synopsis

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.

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The Pirates Next Door Press Reviews

Veiled in humor, but hard not to read as a parable that tweaks narrow minds and parochial attitudes. --Kirkus Reviews


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ISBN: 9781848773929
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Publisher: Templar Publishing
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781848773929
Publication date: 1st March 2012
Author: Jonny Duddle
Illustrator: Jonny Duddle
Publisher: Templar Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About Jonny Duddle

One of the World Book Day 2015 Authors  Jonny spent his childhood in the wet and windy hills of North Wales, exploring forests, riding his bike for miles and miles, scrumping apples and building tree-houses. When he wasn’t outside he was drawing and busily creating worlds, sprawled across his bedroom floor, with paper everywhere.When he realised he had to grow up and get a job, he went to college to study illustration and then got himself a proper job on a pirate ship. He spent a year climbing up and down rigging before jumping ship in Dublin ...

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