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Morgan, Ruth and Glynn, Chris: The Gardening Pirates.

Morgan, Ruth and Glynn, Chris

The Gardening Pirates

Pont, 2012, pp32, 5.99 [pounds sterling]

978 1 84851 319 8

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All aboard the sad pirate ship, the Ych-a-Fi, and discover how it was transformed into the good ship Yum-Yum-Yum. It's a silly story but it's fun. Who wouldn't smile at the sight of a ship's flag carrying the images of a tomato and a pair of leeks in place of the skull and crossbones? The themes challenge stereotypes, celebrate the triumph of the underdog, commend good actions over bad, and show how buried treasure comes in unlikely forms.

The crew of the Ych-a-Fi is famished and bullied by the evil captain, a monster of bad temper. He forces them on a treasure hunt, but all they unearth is a box full of seeds, compost, and gardening tools. In his eyes these are trash, but Gwen, the cabin girl, gathers them up. In the shake of a packet she begins to grow fresh vegetables (and one very ugly vigorous weed) up in the crow's nest. Within a short time the ship is a sailing gardeners' world, Yo-Ho-Hoe! The crew grow strong and fit and something deserving happens to the mad bad captain. The heavens open in washes of thunderous purple, seas surge in floods of ominous green, and a lively black line is used throughout the picture sequence, except for the image of the captain who is limned in scarlet. Nice touch, m' hearties.

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Author:Doonan, Jane
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Date:Dec 22, 2012
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