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The Pirates! In an Adventure with Whaling ペーパーバック – 2006/6/1
- 出版社 : Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) (2006/6/1)
- 発売日 : 2006/6/1
- 言語 : 英語
- ペーパーバック : 208ページ
- ISBN-10 : 0753820803
- ISBN-13 : 978-0753820803
- 寸法 : 10.5 x 1.6 x 14 cm
Fortunately (and for the princely sum of £0.99) Amazon's daily deal offered me an alternative: the Kindle version of the delightfully light-hearted and amusing 'The Pirates! in an adventure with Moby Dick'! It was my first introduction to the works of Gideon Defoe and the book proved to be exactly what I needed: relaxing, more than slightly silly and utterly hilarious.
I finished reading it that evening (after having written my review of The House of Rumour ) and was fascinated to see that Amazon are listing 13 other books about the exploits of Pirate Captain and his motley crew. Something tells me there's a good chance I'll meet up with them before very long!
My son finds it difficult to enjoy stories where any of the characters have a down turn in their fortunes and their destinies seem out of their control but this story was so humorous and had so many daft moments that we got though it with no getting upset at all.
Sometimes I have to wonder what age these books are aimed at as some of the tongue in cheek moments, double entendres and subtle innuendos don't seem so subtle and I read them out in trepidation. They are an enjoyable conundrum none the less and we can't wait for the next one to arrive.
The whole thing plays out like an episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus - it's not afraid to be completely daft.
Despite most of the characters not having names, rather they're reffered to as 'the pirate in red', 'the pirate with gout' etc, they
become endearing as the series goes on.
I've enjoyed the first three titles in the series so far and most recently seen the Aardman film based on the first two books,
so if you're not sure if you like this sort of thing, I'd suggest watching the film first as it captures the feel of the books flawlessly.
I'd recommend it to older children and adults (although there may be some words or references children won't get).
A brilliant series!
Warning, this book has a number of "spit out your tea" funny moments - be careful reading it in public!