The Pirates Next Door

The Pirates Next Door

Starring the Jolley-Rogers

Book - 2012
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The Jolley-Rogers have traded in the high seas for suburban life.

Meet the Jolley-Rogers -- a pirate family who is moving to Dull-on-Sea, a quiet seaside town, while they fix up their ship. This unusual family soon has the whole neighborhood gossiping. Defying the grown-ups, Matilda becomes friends with young pirate Jim Lad. When the JolleyRogers return to sea, the town realizes that they were wrong to assume the worst when it is discovered that the pirates have buried treasure in everyone's yard. The neighbors are thrilled, but Matilda is sad to have lost her new friend, until she discovers her own treasure -- a pen pal!
Publisher: Somerville, MA : Templar, 2012, c2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780763658427
Characteristics: 1 v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 25 x 29 cm


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Jun 22, 2015

SUMMARY: Matilda lives in Dull-on-Sea. She lives in a nice neighborhood, but no one lives next door. Matilda really hopes for a girl her age to move in. Instead, a shipload of pirates move in while repairs are being done on their ship. The pirate family has some quirky characters including a young boy, his sister, Nugget, and his grandfather who won't leave the ship. The neighborhood is not pleased about these new, unusual, noisy, and messy neighbors and band together to find a way to get them to leave. But when they do leave in their own time, the pirates leave hidden treasures for all of the neighbors to find. The neighbors decide they didn't mind the pirates so much after all.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created digitally. They are quirky, fun, colorful, and enjoyable to look at.

THE GOOD: The story was full of humor including the big pirate dad getting his nails done. The characters are interesting.
THE NOT AS GOOD: The rhyming of the story was very awkward and rarely worked. I would have liked the story better if the author did not try to rhyme and merely told the story. The action would have carried the words along. I also did not enjoy the fact that a majority of the story is about the neighbors disliking the pirates until they are bribed in the end. This made the story feel very negative. Since the story began with Matilda, I would have liked the story to center more on her. I also could have done without the bottle of booze grandpa holds (which says grog on it). This is a little children's book!

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertized for ages 3-7, but more appropriate for ages 4-8


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