Set sail with Ned, the apprentice pirate, and his tutor Captain Blackbeard, as they search the seas for buried treasure. You'll sail on the Saucy Mermaid -- a fine lookng ship, well equipped with fores, afts, poops, bilges, hot and cold weevils, and numerous crows' nests. You'll meet Jonah (plus whale), the very Ancient Mariner, Mr. Robinson Crusoe, and the famous Sinbad the Salesman. Dine on culinary delights from around the world at Nora's Cannibal Take-away (try the Mother in Laws Tongue with Fried French and vegetables). And when the tour is done, you'll watch with pride as Ned becomes a fully-qualified pirate and receives his official eye patch and Pirate Certificate of Higher Education.
In his inimitable style, Victor Ambrus gives us the sea-story to end all sea-stories. For lovers of puns, wordplay, and general silliness Blackbeard the Pirate rules the waves.
VICTOR G. AMBRUS has twice won the Kate Greenaway Medal,and is a Fellow of The Royal Socity of Art. He lives in Farnham, Surrey. [via]