The Night Pirates: Pop-Up Adventure

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One night, young Tom is awoken by noises outside his house. He peeps out of the window and what should he see but pirates. And stranger still—they're girl pirates stealing the front of his house! Tom joins their pirate adventure across the high seas to an island where some rather lazy and silly grown-up pirates are guarding their treasure, but not very successfully. Tom and the girl pirates make a surprise attack and are soon off...

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Overview

All aboard for a POP-UP adventure!

One night, young Tom is awoken by noises outside his house. He peeps out of the window and what should he see but pirates. And stranger still—they're girl pirates stealing the front of his house! Tom joins their pirate adventure across the high seas to an island where some rather lazy and silly grown-up pirates are guarding their treasure, but not very successfully. Tom and the girl pirates make a surprise attack and are soon off on the seas once more with the treasure!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Under cover of night, a band of “rough, tough little girl pirates” creep in shadow along a moonlit dock and sail away with a redheaded boy named Tom—and the façade of his house, which they use to disguise their ship (never mind that a sailing house is pretty conspicuous). Harris makes smart use of repetition and the book’s interactive format to create suspense as Tom and the pirates sail off to an island where they relieve Captain Patch and his sleepy swash-bucklers of their treasure. Armed with cutlasses, bandannas, and eye patches, Allwright’s pint-size buccaneers exude energy and mischief. The book’s cheeky ending—when the pirates return the front of Tom’s house to its original location, lifting a flap reveals that they forgot a critical detail—provides a witty conclusion to this sneaky nighttime adventure. Ages 3–7. (June)
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"Harris's tale of derring-do hits just the right note for pint-sized pirates; there's lots of suspense but very little fearsome action, even when the tots seize the bounty from the grown-up, yet cowardly band of Patch's men."  —Kirkus Review

"The simple, rhythmic story is enhanced by Allwright's exuberant illustrations. Working in a combination of paint and collage, she sets her cartoonish characters jauntily against the striking blue backgrounds of a night sky. Children will delight in her use of unusual angles and the sheer energy of each double-page spread."  —School Library Journal

"Allwright’s pint-size buccaneers exude energy and mischief." —Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-09-25
Large pop-ups and multilayered tableaux gas up an already effervescent tale of pirate adventure from 2006. Young Tom wakes (maybe) to see shadowy figures stealing the entire front from his house. He finds himself joining a crew of "rough, tough little girl pirates" scheming to disguise their ship and steal treasure from Capt. Patch and his grown-up buccaneers. Swinging from hammocks strung from pop-up palm trees, Patch's scurvy crew turns out to be pushovers when the invaders--brandishing sabers and fiercely buckling swash beneath oversized pirate hats--leap from door and window with a "fearsome roar!" as the climactic spread opens. Tom and the girls then sail off in triumph to hoist both wall and weary boy back into place (more or less, as a final flap reveals). Printed in a range of sizes, the narrative's type looks thrown into each scene at random, but the text is actually both easy to follow and artfully placed to enhance the melodrama of this rousing moonlit expedition. Avast! No treasure is safe from these diminutive daredevils of the deep. (Pop-up/picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405256780
  • Publisher: Egmont UK
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Pages: 14
  • Sales rank: 699,012
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Harris is the author of many children's books, as well as scripts for children and adult comedy TV shows. His books include Brand-New Pencils, Brand-New Books and Trick or Treat, Smell My FeetDeborah Allwright is the illustrator of The Fox in the Dark and She'll Be Coming Around the MountainCorina Fletcher is a paper engineer.
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