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An old pirate tells a tavern full of salty sea dogs about an island bursting with hidden treasure. Once they've set sail for the mysterious island, he tells them it is guarded by the terrible Pirate-Cruncher. Eventually their greed overcomes their fear and, when they arrive on the island a hilarious fold-down flap shows that the island itself is the Pirate-Cruncher, who promptly swallows the whole motley crew! Jonny Duddle worked as a concept artist on the Pirates of the Carribbean computer game,which inspired him to create The Pirate Cruncher for Templar.

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This is Book 7 in the Jonny Duddle Series. See all Jonny Duddle books here.

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30th April '17
I read it to CharlieS2012 aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
I really enjoyed reading this book and using different voices and singing the fiddlers parts. Unfortunately my son didn't feel the same. The pages are quite dark with black writing and in most places the writing is very small...not an issue for me but my son is 4 and likes to poo t out words to learn. Story was also a little long to hold his full attention. I think maybe in a few months he will really enjoy this book as he gets used to longer stories 
18th March '17
I read it to eric_ aged 3 aged 3
The Pirate Cruncher 9781848773769
5 stars
This has been the kid's book with the most impressive art illustration I've seen, it's a totally different style. It has so many details and you can feel the amount of work put into it. I was a bit anxious to see what my kid thought about the story given it didn't have a happy ending and the more adult style of illustration, but he immediately asked me to read it again, and his favourite character is even the sea monster, which I didn't expect, and I'm sure the page "pop up" did help with this as well. The rhyming and story are nice and the only downside for me is that the font chosen for one of the characters is a bit difficult to read, but this hasn't really broken our experience, so I still think it's 5 stars. My son still doesn't understand the entire book, like the concept of greed, but that means he'll be able to enjoy and learn with this book for some time. I'm very much looking forward to reading and seeing the illustrations of other books by Jonny Duddle. However, note that if your kid can easily get scared or you don't like the idea of not having a happy ending for the pirates, then I'm not sure if this book is for you.
4th April '17
I read it to Sabmar aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
I read this with Sabrina who is 5 years old. The book has fantastic illustratrations and the story is interesting and full of exciting events. The book is about a fiddler who encourages the Pirates to search for treasure and leads them to the octopus who is lying in wait for them. The characters are interesting and portray the Pirates well. 
It is an enjoyable story with a clue about the octopus appearing on each page in the form of a tentacle or other sign. 
A really fantastic book which we enjoyed very much 
4th April '17
I read it to VivvyB aged 11 months aged 0
The Pirate Cruncher 9781848773769
5 stars
We really enjoyed the illustrations in this book. It was perhaps a bit long to keep full interest all the way through but some pirate voices helped keep my daughter entertained. Me and daddy really enjoyed the story and are looking foward to our baby getting a bit older to fully appreciate the story too.
4th April '17
I read it to LewisT aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
We have a few books now by Jonny... this one did not disappoint, I was worried it would be a bit old for my 3 year old but he loved it!

Another classic pirate book full of adventure & not too scary monsters....
20th March '17
I read it to PHanke aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
Such a fantastic book with brilliant illustrations!  We love looking at each page and finding something new each time.  I think the story was really interesting; very different to other books she has but she seemed to really enjoy it!
18th June '18
I read it to aiwilford aged 6 aged 6 & to mrwilford aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Really fun book about pirates going to find treasure. The rhythm of the words is excellent with some fun singing you can choose to do.  I love the illustrations too. Great book. 
28th February '17
Tilly Pip read it themselves aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
Great illustrations.  Both my kids (5 and 2) notice something new each time we read it.  My youngest is pirate mad at the moment so this book is a huge favourite. Whilst it is a great read in its own right it also links to others in the series which appeals to my eldest. 
We have the cardboard version which is great for little hands to read alone. We highly recommend it... Ahaaar!
22nd March '17
I read it to Mckenzie-jack aged 6 aged 6 , to Alesha-may aged 3 aged 3 & to Declan-james aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
Was an amazing book and great for all the family we really injoyed reading it 
18th March '17
I read it to Ibby aged 4 aged 4
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4 stars
My son was very excited when this book came in the post. The board book is a great size, has a great cover and has well illustrated pictures through-out. The storyline is a classic - greedy pirates go off to the sea looking for gold, but are eaten up by a sea monster. Only con is that the writing is small and printed on a dark blue background on a lot of pages, which makes it a struggle to read - especially at night. But part from that, it is a good book and my son has been enjoying it a lot - which is the major pro!
18th March '17
I read it to PaigeD aged 4 aged 4 & to JamesLiam aged 8 months aged 0
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4 stars
This is a great board book and is easy for toddlers to hold and turn the page. It is a must read for all pirate mad youngsters. The story is engaging and well written and the illustrations are exceptionally good. The only criticism I have of this book is the smallish black text on dark backgrounds which makes it difficult to read, I do note other reviewers have the same comment so glad it is not just me and my aging eyes! My younger grandson wasn't too interested in the story as he is a bit too young however our 4 yr old granddaughter was very engaged. 
19th March '17
I read it to Ewbomb aged 3 aged 3
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4 stars
My son is pirate mad at the moment so was really excited to receive this book through the post. The pictures are fantastic with lots of lovely detail. The story itself is really good, the pirates go off in search of treasure and end up encountering a sea monster. Our only issue was that the font was quite difficult to read on the dark pages but other than that my son really enjoyed it and we would recommend it to others. 
12th September '17
I read it to digger1 aged 4 aged 4
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4 stars
My little boy loves this story, especially the gory ending when the flap comes down to reveal that the desert treasure island is in fact the top of a sea monster's head who ends up eating all the pirates and the ship. 

I stupidly started singing the lines belonging to the old fiddler so now I can't read it in any other way for fear of being told off.

Great for landlubbers and pirate fans!
13th April '17
I read it to CPE aged 3 aged 3 & to DCE aged 3 aged 3
The Pirate Cruncher 9781848773769
4 stars
Overall an enjoyable and quite fun story with  a cautionary tale of greed, maybe a bit of a nasty ending (if you open the flap on the last page) for just before bedtime, however a nice rhyme that runs through. The words are fairly amusing and is enjoyable enough for an adult and child alike. The images are great with lots of detail and amusing touches throughout, again sometimes ones for the adults, and the hardback version is printed with a lovely gloss finish.

There are a number of 'characters' talking the in the book - a fiddler is a narrator and who  has a nice rhyme running through, then there are sub talking from the pirates which doesn't rhyme in the same way. Unfortunately it took me a couple of read throughs to realise this fully even though they are printed in different fonts. Furthermore the font is a 'pirate' font that is not the easiest to read, especially given its often black printed on dark backgrounds. This makes it very hard to read in the bedroom setting.

However, overall an enjoyable read especially for any little pirate fans!
28th February '16
I read it to Train boy aged 4 aged 4
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3 stars
If I could judge this book on the illustrations alone - it would get five stars - but I think it's the way that the story is told with this book that lets it down. Like some other reviewers of this book, I have issues with the text and the prose specifically.
I agree that the text can be quite difficult to read, especially in the low light of the evening/bedtime story. Black spindly font on dark blue backgrounds does leave me squinting at the text - even in good light. This can make it quite tiresome to read. The prose is inconsistent, rhyming on one page and then back to normal on the next. This does mean you can't establish a consistent rhythm and that does disrupt the flow of the story.
The fiddler sings constantly, and if you like to play the part properly (as I do) then the constant singing is really quite exhausting.
I thought that this book would have been more of a hit with my sons than it actually was and I can only put this down to the slightly frustrating rhythm of the story. The love the illustrations which are some of the best we have seen in storybooks - there is no doubt Jonny Duddle is a fine illustrator. They also love the lift flap which reveals the unpleasant secret of the treasure island.
In summary, I'd say it's a great buy for any Pirate mad child, who will love the illustrations and storyline - but don't expect the same great things of the prose and verse.
The story follows Captain Purplebeard and his crew as they are persuaded by a strange violin musician to search for an island of untold treasures. As the set out on the journey, they are unaware that their new friend is leading them into monstrous trouble. There is a nice twist at the end with the true identity of the violin player.
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