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Publication date: 10 Jan 2019
ISBN: 9781788002011
Size: 270 x 217 mm
Length: 32 pages
Picture Books

You’re Not a Proper Pirate, Sidney Green!


A hilarious read-aloud picture book for any child aged 3-6 with a big imagination!

Sidney Green loves going on rip-roaring adventures with his dog, Jemima. Together, they race cars, sail all the way to Africa and build an enormous castle, complete with a moat full of crocodiles. But Captain Shipshape and his pirate band are NOT happy. They think it’s time for Sidney Green to become a Proper Pirate – right now, not “in a minute”. What will Sidney Green do?

A witty and poignant tale by rising star Ruth Quayle and with artwork by award-winning Deborah Allwright, illustrator of The Night Pirates and There is No Dragon in This Story.

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“The story itself is wonderfully imaginative – to the extent that I’m struggling to decide which is my favourite scenario.”

Madge Ekal Reviews (blog)

“Here’s a book that takes a different slant on piratical tales with the all-absorbing nature of imaginative play at its heart… Deborah Allwright packs plenty of action into her digitally worked scenes of cars and corners, boats and a birthday celebration, castles and crocodiles, diggers and dinosaurs, and much more, making this a super story to share with your little ones.”

Red Heading Hub (blog)

“This is such a lovely story and reminds us of how much fun can be had if we use our imaginations.”

Books for Boys (blog)

“This isn’t about pirates at all; it’s rather about finding adventure and imagination in the everyday – and giving yourself permission to be part of that. It’s a great lesson to learn. It’s also a pretty damn great one for adults to be reminded of as well.”

“I thought this was a cleverly written, visually appealing story that is an absolute champion of imagination and the importance of play, as well as a reminder to us grown ups to make time for play, make believe and adventure too!”

– Bellis Does Books (blog)

You’re Not A Proper Pirate, Sidney Green! is a fun book all about the power of imaginative play.”

– Mini Travellers (blog)

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