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The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle

The Pirates Next Door was one of the very first picture books that we read with our daughter. She loves the Jolley-Rogers’ pirate antics and I often find her poring over the little details in the pictures. We’ve bought this book for several friends and it’s fantastic that it has also been translated into German.

The Story: Matilda’s life in Dull-on-Sea becomes more exciting when The Jolley-Rogers move in next door while they repair their pirate ship. Although she has a lot of fun with Jim Lad, the other residents are not so happy about their new neighbours’ behaviour. However, the Jolley-Rogers redeem themselves before they go back to sea.

This book has grog, cutlasses and even a wooden-legged dog. It’s written in rhyme and is laid out almost in the style of a comic book. The pictures are dark, full of detail and speech bubbles move the story along to its conclusion. There is a range of wonderfully illustrated characters often with fantastically disapproving looks on their faces.

Although the age range for this book is described as six to eight my four year old daughter loves it. Despite their mad antics throughout the book the ending does leave you with a good impression of the pirates.

A great story for all young pirate lovers!

Age range: 5+

Author / Illustrator – Jonny Duddle

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4 responses to “The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle”

  1. bamauthor avatar

    Will definitely take a look at this one….For a pirate book that will show your child how much you love him, check out Captain Crossbones in The Treasure Hunt on Amazon.

    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you for the recommendation, I love the name Captain Crossbones 🙂

  2. Uschi avatar

    Thanks for recommending The Pirates Next Door, Catherine! Lily (5) got it for Christmas and wants me to read it every day. She has started quoting it, too. Her little brother loves the pictures and hearing the rhymes, even if he does not quite get the story yet. I love the language, the characters, the story telling, the beautiful drawings and how a book that deals with a subject like prejudices can be so much fun.

    1. Catherine avatar

      You’re welcome Uschi. I haven’t met a child who hasn’t liked this book. I’ve given it as a present several times.