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Pirates

The Night Pirates
by Peter Harris and illustrated by Deborah Allwright

One night, young Tom is awoken by noises outside his house. He peeps out of the window and what should he see but PIRATES. And stranger still – they’re GIRL PIRATES stealing the front of his house! Tom joins their adventure across the high seas to an island where some rather lazy and silly grown-up pirates are guarding their treasure. Not very successfully! Tom and the girl-pirates make a surprise attack and are soon off on the seas once more with the treasure!

This swashbuckling pirate story from Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright has become a modern-day classic. Great fun to read-aloud and entertaining for both boys and girls,

The Pirates Next Door
by Jonny Duddle

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.

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Pirate's Curse
by Kristina Stephenson

Join our brave young knight Sir Charlie Stinky Socks in his bestselling super duper picture book adventure series - oh my!

Once upon a time, a message in a bottle said someone needed help; help from a certain bold, brave knight!

So the brilliant Sir Charlie Stinky Socks, his cat Envelope and his good grey mare must find a ship so they can set sail and rescue the messenger. But, who needs their help, and what fearsome sea dangers and frightful pirates might they encounter on their voyage?

Join our hero and his companions on this rip roaring, timber shivering adventure on the high seas!

A swashbuckling, funny and charming adventure from best-selling picture book author/illustrator Kristina Stephenson – an ideal read aloud lift-the-flap story to share with little adventurers aged 3+

Pirates Love Underpants
by Claire Freedman, illustrated by Ben Court

Ahoy me hearties! Join the Pants Pirates on a special treasure hunt. Grab your cutlass and sail on the Pirate Ship Black Bloomer past angry crocs, sharks in fancy pants and through gurgling swamps on a quest to find…the Pants of Gold!
This hilarious new addition to the phenomenally successful Underpants series will not disappoint. You'll be yo-ho-ho-ing until the sails come down!

Yo Ho Ho! A-Pirating We'll Go
by Kaye Umansky, illustrated by Nick Sharratt

In fifth-century Denmark, a murderous monster stalks the night, and only the great prince of the Geats has the strength and courage to defeat him. Beowulf's terrifying quest to destroy Grendel, the foul fiend, a hideous sea-hag and a monstrous fire-dragon is the oldest surviving epic in British literature. Artfully retold and magnificently illustrated, this companion volume to Sir Gawain and the Green Knightis made instantly accessible to children by a formidable children's book partnership.

Ten Little Pirates
by Mike Brownlow, illustrated by Simon Rickerty

Join ten little pirates for an action-packed rhyming counting adventure in this bestselling, multi-award-winning picture book.

Ten little pirates set out to sea in search of adventure. But what will the ten little pirates do when they meet a hurricane... and a giant squid... and a HUNGRY SHARK?

This fun-filled rhyming story, which incorporates counting backwards from ten to one, is great to share with young children who are learning about numbers. The colourful, humorous illustrations feature objects to spot and count on every page. With a bouncy, rhythmic text and lots of great sound words, this piratical adventure is perfect for sharing again and again.

The Accidental Pirates: Voyage to the Magical North
by Claire Fayers

Twelve-year-old Brine Seaborne is a girl with a past . . . if only she could remember what it is. Found alone in a rowboat as a child, clutching a shard of the rare starshell needed for spell-casting, she's spent every day since housekeeping for an irritable magician and his obnoxious apprentice, Peter.

But everything changes when Brine and Peter accidentally break the magician's starshell and need to flee the island. Lost at sea, they blunder into the path of the legendary pirate ship the Onion. Before you can say 'pieces of eight,' they're up to their necks in the pirates' quest to find Magical North, a place so shrouded in secrets and myth that most people don't even think it exists.

If Brine is lucky, she may find out who her parents are and why they sent her out to sea. And if she's unlucky, everyone on the ship will be eaten by sea monsters.

The Secret Pirate: Swashbuckle Lil
by Michael Morpurgo

Lil is a pirate, a good sort of pirate, and when there is someone to save, 
she'll do what is right (if it takes her all night). Yes, she'll always be bold and be brave.

When evil pirate Stinkbeard tries to kidnap Lil's teacher, it's up to schoolgirl and secret pirate, Lil, to come to the rescue. In story two it's sports day, but there's a very hungry croc on the loose. Can Lil and her trusty parrot, Carrot, scare Stinkbeard and his pet croc away?

Swashbuckle Lil: The Secret Pirate, by author Elli Woollard and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson, is the first in an exciting series with two rip-roaringly rhyming, brilliantly illustrated stories in each book which make the perfect transition from parent-led to independent reading.

Pocket Pirates: The Great Cheese Robbery
by Chris Mould

In the junk shop at the end of the street is a dusty old ship in a bottle. And when the world isn't watching, a tiny pirate crew come out of the ship to explore. They aren't much bigger than a matchstick, but they have a HUGE appetite for adventure...

When the skirting-board mice kidnap Jones, the ship's cat, and ransom him for cheese, the Pocket Pirates spring into action. But to get the cheese, they must venture to the freezing cold place where it's always winter ... The place called Fridge. Can the Pocket Pirates survive their perilous journey and get their ship's cat back ...?

Pirate School: Just a bit of Wind
by Jeremy Strong

It's the first day at PIRATE SCHOOL for Ziggy, Smudge, Carkella and Flo and they have lots of new things to contend with. Their headteacher is the scary Patagonia Clasterbotton and they have to take lessons include walking the plank and hand-to-hand fighting. When out on the pirate ship a storm blows up, resulting in the children having to rescue Patagonia when she's swept overboard, and they learn that really Patagonia is not so scary after all!

The Great Piratical Rumbustification
by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Quentin Blake

Yo ho ho! All across the city, the pirates are getting restless and long for a party. So when a retired pirate comes to babysit for the Terrapin family, they are in for quite a surprise...

From the rumbustious author and artist team of Margaret Mahy, winner of the Carnegie medal, and Quentin Blake, the first Children's Laureate, and best known for his partnership with Roald Dahl, this is a dazzling story which will delight pirate loving boys everywhere.

What Pirates Really Do
by Melanie Joyce

A hilarious rhyming picture book about what pirates really spend their time doing! 
Pirates are known for sailing the high seas, having swashbuckling adventures, and fighting sea monsters . . . but is that really all they do with their time? In this fantastically funny picture book, we get to see what pirates really do with their spare time, like having tea parties, knitting sweaters, relaxing in pajamas and fluffy slippers, and snuggling up for bed!

Small Knight and George and the Pirates
by Rhonda Armitage, illustrated by Arthur Robins

A swashbuckling tale, perfect for both brave little pirates and brave little knights - a winning combination!

Small Knight and George the Dragon are setting sail on an important mission to find treasure and save their crumbling castle. But will their pirate ship survive the stormy seas? And what will happen when they come face to face with the fearsome Captain Swashmebuckle?

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs
by Giles Andreae, illustrated by Russell Ayto

Flinn is at school looking in the art cupboard for some coloured pens to finish off his dinosaur drawing when he stumbles upon Captain Stubble, a real live Pirate Captain! He tells Flinn that his ship, the Acorn, has been stolen and that he needs Flinn to help him rescue it back. Stubble makes Flinn the captain and they sail away on an old pirate ship...they finally find the Acorn but, to their horror, realise it's been stolen by PIRATE DINOSAURS! Captain Flinn and his crew attack the dinosaurs and, after much fighting, seize control of the ship once more. Flinn and his friends then sail back to the harbour clambering through the boatshed door and back into the art cupboard without the teacher even noticing they've been gone!