McDermid, Val and Robins, Arthur: My Granny is a Pirate.
McDermid, Val and Robins, Arthur
My Granny is a Pirate
Orchard, 2012, pp32, 10.99 [pounds sterling]
978 1 4083 0926 1
The title of this book immediately appealed to my six and seven-year-old testers and the imaginative story fulfilled expectations, and encouraged one to start reading it herself.
Granny told her grandson a great big secret--she is a pirate! She worked her way up from being a young cabin girl climbing the rigging and spying out potential treasure ships, to becoming the most fearsome pirate of them all. Granny has many exploits, but is comfortingly 'always home for tea'. One day on her way home she encounters a robber band, who are a group of ghosts and ghouls and skeletons, but, wielding her capacious handbag as a weapon, Granny felled the band and celebrated with her pirate dog and 'mugs of pirate grog'.
Told in rhyming verse with a swinging rhythm, the text is accompanied by very lively, jolly and colourful pictures. The final two-page spread promises that if he keeps her secret, Granny's grandson narrator can also become a pirate and, 'so can you!'. Great fun!