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The Pirates Next Door Hardcover – February 28, 2012
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But, be alert to the next step. Duddle has moved from picture books to heavily illustrated chapter books featuring the Matilda and Jim characters that little readers love from this picture book. So, once you've read this book a zillion times you can move your growing-up reader to "The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon" chapter book and follow even more pirate adventure. That's a great idea and a nice way to have a series grow up along with its fans.
I am always impressed when truly talented children's authors can rhyme stories and mix in humor and sentiment. The illustrations are so colorful, vibrant and cute without being too childish. It's the perfect length as well, so my son is satisfied when we're done, and the story isn't lacking for anything.
I'm excited and hopeful that Johnny Duddle will write another great pirate tale! We'd like to see the Jolly Rogers take on the Pirate Cruncher!
I picked this up because the front cover made it look like such fun as a boat full of pirates is rolling up the road. I wasn't disappointed on the inside either as the story was great and the pictures a pure delight.
So to the story, there is an empty house on the street in Dull-on-Sea (great name) and one day a pirate family move in complete with pirate ship (which needs mending hence the break from the sea). Tilda next door is very pleased to have a friend in the `pirate boy' but the rest of the neighbourhood are less than welcoming. They come together to moan about the piratey aspects of the new residents. However in reality the pirates are not any of the things that are being said of them. They are actually very wise pirates who know that these people are complaining and, in a cunning twist, they set out to show them that pirates are not actually bad at all by leaving a gift for each of the neighbours. Of course after that everybody loves them!
If you like to use books to talk about issues with your children this is a great way to take an early look at prejudice and not judging people you don't really know.
The illustrations are brilliantly drawn, detailed and humorous. They clearly show the exuberance of the pirates and the complete disapproval of the neighbours as they move in. My girls will tell you that the best of all is the big picture. It shows all the neighbours lawn's marked with crosses (as x marks the spot of course) and you open it out to see them all desperately digging in search of their treasure. There is lots to look at on every page and they are the kind of pictures you keep seeing more things in each time you go back to them.
Verdict: So both the girls and I loved this, written in rhyme means they get to read it with me these days, it is a firm favourite.
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SUMMARY: Matilda lives in Dull-on-Sea. She lives in a nice neighborhood, but no one lives next door. Matilda really hopes for a girl her age to move in. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sunshine on a Rainy Day
This is a lovely book with a great story. Very nice quality.Published 9 months ago by Kathleen Cummings
WONDERFUL BOOK! My daughter loves it, but then why wouldn't she, after all she is the grand daughter of a pirate! Great and fast delivery!Published 13 months ago by Mad L
I have been reading this book to my son since he was about a year old. His uncle had got him the book. I followed up by getting the Pirate Cruncher. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Samuel