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The Pirates Next Door Hardcover – February 28, 2012

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

About the Author

Jonny Duddle is an illustrator and concept artist for films, including The Pirates! by Aardman animation. His first book, The Pirate Cruncher, was long-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Having sailed the high seas in a square-rigger, Jonny is now in danger of becoming a landlubber. He lives with his wife and their daughters in Wales.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Templar (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763658421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763658427
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Williams on January 17, 2014
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I should have believed the reviews I read on this but I really wanted a pirate book, and the illustrations were great, so I bought it anyway. What a mistake! The neighbors stereotype the pirates and don't want anything to do with them. Their attitudes remind one of something out of the 1950s. Of course, everything changes when the pirates leaves each of them gold. The story was so appalling that I actually made up a story to go with the pictures, rather than reading the text to my granddaughters. I didn't even want to donate the book because I don't think it's appropriate for any children. With so many wonderful picture books to choose from, do yourself a favor and pass on this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sunshine on A Rainy Day on June 22, 2015
Format: Hardcover
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. Instead, a shipload of pirates move in while repairs are being done on their ship. The pirate family has some quirky characters including a young boy, his sister, Nugget, and his grandfather who won't leave the ship. The neighborhood is not pleased about these new, unusual, noisy, and messy neighbors and band together to find a way to get them to leave. But when they do leave in their own time, the pirates leave hidden treasures for all of the neighbors to find. The neighbors decide they didn't mind the pirates so much after all.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created digitally. They are quirky, fun, colorful, and enjoyable to look at.

THE GOOD: The story was full of humor including the big pirate dad getting his nails done. The characters are interesting.
THE NOT AS GOOD: The rhyming of the story was very awkward and rarely worked. I would have liked the story better if the author did not try to rhyme and merely told the story. The action would have carried the words along. I also did not enjoy the fact that a majority of the story is about the neighbors disliking the pirates until they are bribed in the end. This made the story feel very negative. Since the story began with Matilda, I would have liked the story to center more on her. I also could have done without the bottle of booze grandpa holds (which says grog on it). This is a little children's book!

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertized for ages 3-7, but more appropriate for ages 4-8
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 8, 2015
Format: Hardcover
It's not at all hard to understand why kids and adults are so keen on Jonny Duddle's two pirate picture books. I would second all of the glowing reviews about the appealing artwork, cheerful vibe, and subtle positive messages in those books.

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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andi on March 15, 2012
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My four year old son has been a pirate fanatic for about a year, so we have about 25 pirate books. I had pre-ordered this for his birthday, even though the release date was about a month later. We have The Pirate Cruncher as well, and we love it. So I figured this book would surely be as good. And it is!

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!
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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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