The Pirates of Scurvy Sands is the latest tale of pirate family the Jolley-Rogers written and illustrated by Jonny Duddle and published by Templar Publishing.
We first met the Jolley-Rogers in The Pirates Next Door, when Jim Lad and his pirate family moored their pirate ship in Dull-On-Sea. They caused quite a stir in the town with the locals protesting to anyone who would listen about the unsavoury nature of this new family.
However their next door neighbour Matilda, took quite a shine to the pirates and once they’d made amends with the townspeople and were about to set sail again, Jim Lad promised he’d come back one day to take Matilda on a special pirate trip.
True to his word, the school holidays have arrived and so has Jim Lad. He’s back in Dull-On-Sea to pick Matilda up and head out to the pirate holiday resort of Scurvy Sands where Cap’n Ollie Day and his crew will cater to all your pirate needs.
In this new story it’s Matilda who sets tongues wagging amongst the residents, with her clean nails, lice-free hair and reluctance to eat maggot-y biscuits they have suspicions that she’s a land-lubber and definitely couldn’t pass the pirate test.
Scurvy Sands has all the amenities you’d expect at a holiday camp; kids clubs, restaurants, sandy beaches, a scurvy nail bar and somewhere to get new hooks if you’ve lost your hand. But there’s an extra tourist attraction here, the legend of Mad Jack’s gold, said to be buried somewhere on the island. Can Matilda prove the pirates wrong and show how useful land-lubbers can be in the search for Mad Jack’s treasure?
There are many references to the first story to pick up on that fans will love, our favourite is Betty Bilge, a holidaying pirate who bears an uncanny resemblance to Mrs Bumble from Dull-On-Sea both in looks and her easily swayed attitudes!
Jonny Duddle’s books are a delight for pirate fans with rich illustrations and fantastically eccentric characters. Coupled with a lively rhyming text that never loses its pace these books are a joy to read aloud, if only for the many opportunities for different character voices. With pirates, treasure and plenty of funny bits they are the perfect adventure picture books.
Many thanks to Templar Publishing for sending a copy of The Pirates of Scurvy Sands for review.Follow @Acornbooks
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