Next month we’re publishing Captain Beastlie’s Pirate Party: a FANTASTIC new picture book written by Lucy Coats and illustrated by Chris Mould. It’s funny, swashbuckling, and a bit revolting – perfect for readers who love bogeys and birthdays! Chris’s stunning artwork has brought out all of the pirate-y humour and glorious disgusting-ness of Lucy’s text – it’s a real triumph.
Captain Beastlie is a horror and embarrassment to his ship-shape crew – he is THE grubbiest pirate on the high seas. He’s eagerly counting down the days till his birthday – but what he doesn’t know is his crew has got a special secret lined up for the Big Event. His days of being the smelliest, dirtiest pirate ever are numbered, and when Captain Beastlie’s birthday finally comes, he’s in for a big surprise, as his crew plans to steal his filthy old clothes, pop him in the bath and give him a brand new set of pirate togs at his birthday feast.
And the book is already getting glowing reviews! Yesterday Captain Beastlie received buckets of praise from picture book aficionado The Book Sniffer:
“This dream team pairing have created a magnificent masterpiece in Captain Beastlie’s Pirate Party, it has everything, Smelly pirates, bountiful cabbages, a monkey in a fez and lots of cake … Beautiful to read aloud with little Sniffers and one to be read and re-read over and over again, especially the disgusting bits! Packed on every page with bright and masterful illustrations with lots to spot on every spread, this book will be relished by potential pirates of all shapes and sizes.”
You can read The Book Sniffer’s full review here
– and here’s a look inside the book!
The book is available to pre-order online here – the paperback edition comes with a free Stories Aloud audio reading. And if you’d like to win a copy of Captain Beastlie, subscribe to our books newsletter and keep an eye on the blog – there’ll be a chance to win the book later in the week!