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Grandma and the Pirates

Grandma and the Pirates

by Phoebe Gilman

ISBN 9781443113083 Paperback
32 Pages | 10.03" x 8.27" | Ages 5 to 8
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A refreshing new look for this beloved classic!

Because her noodle pudding is so delicious, a band of pirates kidnaps Grandma and her parrot, Oliver. When her granddaughter Melissa tries to save them, she gets captured too. Life aboard the pirate ship isn't so bad - Grandma makes lots of noodle puddings and Melissa helps to sail the ship. But the pirates are mean and nasty. At last Melissa comes up with a plan: they'll stop trying to get away from the pirates, and let the pirates get away from them.

Join Grandma, Melissa and Oliver for a rollicking adventure as they take to the high seas with three hungry, savage pirates.

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Praise for Grandma and The Pirates:

Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice, 1991
Shortlist, Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award, 1991

"Gilman's action-packed illustrations provide a perfect counterpoint to her exuberant text." -Quill & Quire

"Phoebe Gilman not only knows a good story, she knows how to write it well and draw it superbly." -Canadian Children's Literature

"[F]ull of hyperbole and humour - the kind of story that provokes the response: 'Read it again, please?'" -CM

"[C]ertain to become a classic for young Canadian children, and a favourite gift from grandmothers." -Canadian Book Review Annual

"This rollicking adventure of a feisty grandmother and grand-daughter who are captured by pirates has everything a good yarn should: humour, suspense, a happy ending, and a heroine who uses her head." -Today's Parent


  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice, 1991
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, 1991

Rights Sold

  • All rights available

Selling Points

  • An attractive refreshed cover gives new life to a well-loved title by one of Canada's favourite creators of children's books.
  • Pirates are enduringly popular!
  • This lively tale with its unusual heroes is appealing and humorous


Also by
Phoebe Gilman

  • A Treasury of Jillian Jiggs
  • The Balloon Tree
  • Jillian Jiggs and the Great Big Snow
  • Something from Nothing
  • Jillian Jiggs and the Secret Surprise

Contact Information

Maral Maclagan, Rights and Contracts Manager | 416-915-3524
604 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1E1

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