The Great Piratical Rumbustification and The Librarian and the Robbers

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Wild and wonderful, these stories will appeal to all readers of fine children's literature, and Blake's illustrations, full of spirit and exuberance, are the perfect accompaniment of Mahy's vigorous tales.

The Great Piratical Rumbustification introduces us to Alpha, Oliver, and Omega Terrapin, alone for an evening of devilish fun and none other than Orpheus Clinker, a reformed pirate cleverly transformed into a respectable babysitter. Or has ...

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Overview

Wild and wonderful, these stories will appeal to all readers of fine children's literature, and Blake's illustrations, full of spirit and exuberance, are the perfect accompaniment of Mahy's vigorous tales.

The Great Piratical Rumbustification introduces us to Alpha, Oliver, and Omega Terrapin, alone for an evening of devilish fun and none other than Orpheus Clinker, a reformed pirate cleverly transformed into a respectable babysitter. Or has he reformed? Before you can say "Yo Ho Ho" the Terrapin household has become headquarters of the century's biggest pirate party.

The Librarian and the Robbers is an equally tickling tale of a band of wicked robbers who one day carry off Serena Leburnum, a beautiful librarian. Follow what happens as the lovely and learned Miss L. not only outwits the robbers, turning them into outstanding citizens, but also teaches them the everlasting pleasures of the Dewey Decimal System.

In these two stories the protagonists have mischievous fun with a former pirate and a band of robbers.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-6 Available in the U.K. since 1978, this is a well-balanced pair of humorous pieces, one a novella, the other a short story. In The Great Piratical Rumbustification , the boys of the Terrapin family find themselves with a pirate babysitter who wants to use their house for a long-delayed pirate party. In The Librarian and the Robbers , Serena Laburnum, the beautiful librarian, is kidnapped and held for ransom by a gang of ill-read robbers. How she achieves her own rescue, then rescues the Robber Chief, is enough to delight the hearts of young readers and of librarians everywhere. The pirate party, too, is a great success, and not just for the participants. Both stories clamor to be read aloud and will be just the answer to the Friday afternoon doldrums. Blake's illustrations are right in keeping with the general zaniness yet perfect logic of the texts. Barbara Hutcheson, Greater Victoria Public Library, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567921694
  • Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/30/2012
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 554,724
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Quentin Blake is one of the UK's living cultural treasures. He has written and illustrated dozens of books and provided pictures for hundreds more, including the children's novels of Roald Dahl.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Wild and fantastic, this piratical book is just what young boys

    Wild and fantastic, this piratical book is just what young boys and girls are looking for. With each page you are thrust head first into a tale that you will not want to put down. The simple illustrations by Quentin Blake, full of spirit and enthusiasm, add to the silliness of this story. The use of pen and ink with the illustrations adds to the ruggedness of each of the pirates especially Omega Terrapin…. Margaret Mahy’s humor comes out from the sounds of the words like Mr. Terrapin, Piratical Rumbustification, and Sir-John-Terrible-Crabmeat. Mahy also uses alliterations in this tale for example “He pointed his pistol at the sky and pulled the trigger,” giving this book reason to be read aloud. 

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