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Pirate family the Jolley-Rogers move to a quiet seaside town in this award-winning best-seller by Jonny Duddle. Stopping to fix their ship, this unusual family get the whole neighbourhood spreading rumours about their wild behaviour. Only Matilda, the girl next door, thinks that they are ok. When the family sail away, the town discovers they were wrong to assume the worst - sometimes a rough exterior hides buried treasure, literally!

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11th July '16
I read it to 2RD aged 6 to 7
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5 stars
The story follows a family of pirates who move into a quiet seaside town and begin to reak havoc by playing loud music, scaring ducks, brnadishing cutlasses and many more piratey antics. The neighbours are angry at the arrival of these noisy visitors and do everything in their power to remove them from their neighbourhood. Only one child actually likes them and she strikes up a beautiful friendship with the young son. He shows her what life as a pirate is like and she happily indulges. Soon the pirates decide to go and leave all the neighbours a present. Everyone knows that x marks the spot of treasure and when they wake the next morning they find their gardens are marked with a large x. All of the neighbours start digging and find their own treasure including gold and rich jewels. Their opinions of the pirates soon change, wishing they hadn't left, calling them kind people and wishing they'd had time to say goodbye. I read this to my class for our Land Ahoy topic where we read as many pirate books as possible to immerse ourselves in the world of being a pirate. The illustrations are bold and beautiful and perfectly matched with the writing to create a stunning book. The children all adored this book and have read it many many times. The text has a great selection of familiar and unfamiliar words that children can listen to or read alone. It's a perfect book for introducing speech as they have many examples of spoken words written inside speech bubbles. It allowed the children to understand what exactly was being said and who was saying it. My 2 year old nephew adores looking at the pictures and making pirate sounds as I read the book to him, it's a lengthy book for his attention span, being so young, so we often skip some pages. However my class of 6 and 7 year olds find it enthralling and will sit and listen in absolute silence to find out what happens next. They've heard it many times before but never fail to get excited by it. They took great delight in making pirate sounds/saying pirate words to link in with the sounds the characters said, such as 'Ahoy!' 'Ahhh Jim lad.' etc.
Some of their comments about the book are as follows:
I liked the rhyming words. It makes the book funny.
I love the pictures and the ending is my favourite. The people should have been nice to the pirates. They were kind.
My favourite part was when everyone found their treasure. I wish I could find some treasure.
I'd love a friend like Jim. He was fun and naughty.
25th April '17
I read it to Gracie K aged 5 aged 5 & to Tilly Pip aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
Both my girls adore this book - and other in the series.  It has sparked endless amounts of role playing - just wonderful.
26th January '19
I read it to Squirt aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
Fantastic illustrations that were colourful and exciting and a great double fold out page that had lots of detail. A fun story about a pirate family who move in to the town, and what all the residence think of them. My daughter thought it was a funny story with lots of interesting pictures. 
18th July '18
I read it to Work aged 3 to 7
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5 stars
I am a big fan of Duddle, the story is wonderfully written to capture the laughter and personalities of the characters in the story. The illustrations accommodate the journey perfectly. 
6th April '19
I read it to Owls2 aged 6 to 7
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5 stars
A brilliant and comical text. Great alternative to the Jolly Postman book if you want examples of letter writing!
19th June '18
I read it to aiwilford aged 6 aged 6 & to mrwilford aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
This is a great book and we all love it. The story and the characters are excellent and I haven't tired of reading it even after many times. I love the illustrations and the hidden pictures within the pictures. Great book! 
22nd July '15
Read to a child aged 5
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5 stars
This is a lovely lively story with interesting characters and fabulous illustrations! My five year old loves it!
3rd February '18
I read it to eric_ aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Great book for kids that love pirates. We loved "The Pirate Cruncher", so decided to try this one. It's a longer book so probably best for 4+. The illustrations are just as amazing, we love them. I think my son doesn't totally grasp the entire story, but he likes finding all the treasures buried in the back gardens and recognizing the neighbours throughout the book. We'll need to read it other times to see if he understands better the interesting idea behind the book, where it shows that people shouldn't make quick judgements about people, just because of stereotypes. Everyone is different and we should give them a chance just like the girl in the book did to the pirate boy. Also it's nice how the pirates are grateful to their neighbours even knowing that they don't like them Well done. The only thing to bear in mind is that we thought "The Pirate Cruncher" was better!
9th May '17
I read it to Eva16 aged 6 aged 6 & to Ob1 aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
This book reminds my children of our quiet seaside town. They love Jim lad and nugget, we have a few of the other books in the series. they love taking it to sleep overs at nanny's our whole family know the book by heart. It is a good childrens book. 
2nd March '18
I read it to Little bear aged 6 aged 6 & to Little lady aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
We really like this book and how a sleepy town in the winter is busy in the summer and all of a sudden a pirate ship turns up and causes a bit of mischief in the town the neighbours don’t like change and make them selves heard but before the pirates leave they leave a few nice things behind for the neighbours and then they think they are nice people!! 
13th January '19
Mehwish read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
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4 stars
I really enjoyed this book and it had a good message to it.

The jolley rogers move into a new house and the neighbours are not happy with them but tilda is excited about it.
It shows thats you shouldn't judge people on how they look. The illustrations in this book were very nice and i enjoyed taking in all the pictures.
I think their should be more books like this as it had a good message. 
5th February '17
Esjay read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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4 stars
The Jolly Rogers are not quite the family you would expect. I have read read this book again and again. I love the story,  characters and the bright illustrations.  I love pirates! Ooh arghh.....me hearties. 
13th November '14
I read it to DP Bristol aged 5 aged 5 & to JP Bristol aged 3 aged 3
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4 stars
For pirate mad boys, this book is brilliant.  I would recommend it for 3+ as it is a bit longer but the pictures are fun and there is a fold out picture too with treasure marked on!  It's about a young pirate boy who has to go to school while their pirate ship is mended but comes across all the usual preconceptions from the locals regarding pirates- which of course changes when the pirates leave them chests full of treasure when they depart!  Definitely a good read.
31st August '16
I read it to Piglet aged 4 aged 4
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3 stars
Looking at other reviews for this book, I am in a minority, and not so keen on it. I like the illustrations, and the theme of the book (don't make snap judgements about people based on stereotypes) but the rhymes don't quite scan. But the theme of tolerence of those who are different to us is good, particularly in times like these. If you do like this book, there are others in the series.
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About Jonny Duddle

Jonny Duddle Biography
Jonny Duddle is an a bestselling author who has written and illustrated multiple picture books and chapter books for Templar Publishing, including the Waterstones Award-winning best-seller The Pirates Next Door and [url=https://toppsta.com/books/details/t...

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About Jonny Duddle

Jonny Duddle Biography
Jonny Duddle is an a bestselling author who has written and illustrated multiple picture books and chapter books for Templar Publishing, including the Waterstones Award-winning best-seller [url=https://toppsta.com/books/details/the-pirates-next-d...

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