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My granny is a pirate

My granny is a pirate

McDermid, Val; Robins, Arthur

When a family secret about Granny is revealed, we discover all about Pirate Granny's fearsome reputation and her swashbuckling ways - from making other roguish pirates walk the plank to singing sea shanties to her dog Jolly Roger

Paperback, Book. English. Early Years. Stories in rhyme. Picture Books. Children's stories.
Published London: Orchard, 2012
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Statement of responsibility: Val McDermid, Arthur Robins
ISBN: 1408309270, 9781408309278
Intended audience: 2+. Preschool.
Physical Description: [30] p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 28 cm.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 3.2
Interest Level: LY
Points: 0.5
Quiz Number: 224002

Author note

Val McDermid is the author of 22 bestselling novels, which have been translated into 30 languages, and have sold over 10 million copies. She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009. My Granny Is a Pirate is Val's first children's book. Val divides her time between Manchester and Alnmouth.

Arthur Robins is known and loved the world over for his witty and lively picture books and cartoons. He has illustrated numerous and much-loved books for Orchard, including the ever-popular Seriously Silly series, written by Laurence Anholt, and the picture book series featuring Small Knight and George which was written by Ronda Armitage. Arthur lives in Surrey, near his two grown-up daughters.


Jaunty nautical fun.
Financial Times||Enormous fun, rollicking along with great energy.
Daily Mail||Aided by gloriously vivid pictures.
Primary Times||A jolly doggerel that children will love... vibrant and energetic.
Birmingham Post||Brilliantly illustrated, young pirate fans will love this rhyming tale of a swashbuckling grandmother.
Sunday Express||Infectiously readable... delightful.
Observer||An entertaining read for both boys and girls.
Bookbag||Highly recommended.
Guardian||Lively, jolly and colourful.
School Librarian||Told in verse and superbly illustrated by Arthur Robins, it makes old age seem a lot of fun.
Independent on Sunday||Full of her characteristically wicked humour. Delightfully funny characterisations. A rollicking tale full of lusty energy. * * * *
Books for Keeps||Arthur Robins's illustrations mix humour with an occasional touch of mild menace.
Independent on Sunday||Crime writer Val McDermid has turned her hand most effectively to her first picture book.
School Librarian||The author's first children's book - but I hope not her last. Barrels of fun for young and old.
The Sun