Captain Codswallop and the Flying Kipper by Michael Cox
This laugh-out-loud comic romp marks Michael Cox's debut on the A&C Black children's list. Captain Codswallop's pirate ship has been stolen by the ruthless highwayman, Dick Turnip. But it seems that Dick is even more incompetent than the captain and his hapless crew. However, the pirates get more than they bargained for when they find themselves head-to-head with the Spanish Armada.
Michael is the master of wit and wordplay, and spends a lot of time in schools making children laugh. His non-fiction includes titles for the Dead Famous, Knowledge and My Story series. Hodder recently published his Vampire Vigilantes fiction trilogy. Michael Cox is a writer of many non-fiction and fiction books for children including titles in the Dead Famous series, Johnny Catbiscuit and How to Drink From a Frog and Wild Things to do with Woodlice for A&C Black.