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The Pirates Next Door

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  305 ratings  ·  77 reviews
The Jolley-Rogers have traded in the high seas for suburban life.

Meet the Jolley-Rogers - a pirate family who is moving to Dull-on-Sea, a quiet seaside town, while they fix up their ship. This unusual family soon has the whole neighborhood gossiping. Defying the grown-ups, Matilda becomes friends with young pirate Jim Lad. When the JolleyRogers return to sea, the town real...more
Hardcover, 44 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Templar (first published October 1st 2011)
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N. Hyett
The Pirates Next Door is a great book to read to children. The story line follows a family of pirates who move to Dull- on –Sea, (this should give you an idea of where the storyline is heading). All the families moan and groan about having pirates next door except for one girl called Matilda. She becomes great friends with them. The story is written using rhymes and show how the other residents do not like them because they moan and groan even though they have not meet them yet. Matilda is havin...more
Laura Lee Denby
Matilda lives in Dull-On-Sea. There aren’t many children to play with and she wishes for a new neighbour to be her playmate. Tilda gets her wish in the form of Jim Lad- a Pirate boy! Jim and his family move their pirate ship next door and do all the things that pirates like to do. The folks on the street are not so happy about this and want them out! Jim comes in to troubles at school too when he learns that his ways are not looked upon too fondly.
Eventually Mrs Bevan from eighty-seven takes a...more
Claire Hart
The Pirates Next Door - Starring the Jolly Rogers!

Matilda lives in Dull-on-Sea and life couldn't be more boring! One day the Jolly Rogers pirate family have to come ashore and they move into the house next door. Matilda is ecstatic as the family have a pirate boy her age. For Matilda life couldn't be more exciting! However, all of the residents of Dull-on-Sea couldn't think of anything worse. They spend the whole time gossiping about how badly dressed and smelly the Jolly Rogers are and think of...more
Katie Antrobus
The Pirates Next Door Starring the Jolly Rogers is an utterly brilliant read. The story begins when a character named Matilda or Tilda as she is fondly known, is introduced. She lives with her parents in the quiet seaside resort of Dull-On-Sea. It is clear from the name that it’s not the most exciting place to live! However, when the Jolly Rogers appear the town becomes alive but perhaps not for the right reasons! A huge pirate ship appears in someone’s front garden and they introduce themselves...more
Louise Roberts
A sweet story about a young girl called Matilda making friends with her new and unusual neighbours, however the rest of the neighbourhood doesn't quite see them from her perspective.

Tilda the main character hopes for a family with a young girl like her to move in in the empty house next door but her expectations are surpassed when a family of pirates, pirate ship and all, move in!!

This book is wonderfully written in rhyme. The variety in the layout of the pages is brilliant also. Some pages ha...more
Veilchenmond
Ein lustiges Bilderbuch,in dem es um Piraten geht die in das "Nebenhaus" eines kleinen Mädchens ziehen.Leider sind sie etwas skeptisch was die Piraten betrifft.Tja,mal sind sie zu laut,klauen Sonne und so weiter.Das kleine Mädchen ist die einzige die die Piraten sogar mag.Doch irgendwann muss sie bemerken das ihr Freund wieder auf See stechen muss.Ich finde es echt toll weil es mit viel liebe zum Detail gezeichnet ist.Auch wenn es ein Buch für kleinere ist,man muss es lieben!♥
Megan Renner
Duddle, J. (2011). The pirates next door. Somerville, MA: Templar Books.

The story is about a little girl that lived in a town that was boring and she hoped that a family with children would move in next door so that she would have someone to play with. A family did move in, but it was a family of pirates! They came ashore because their boat needed to be fixed. The book used lots of rhyming in the story, and made it very entertaining to read. All the adults in the neighborhood do not approve of...more
Darshana Khiani (Flowering Minds)
Tilda, a young girl, wants a playmate and some excitement in her sleepy little seaside town. The Jolly Rodger's pirate family with ship, canons, and all move in next-door. But wait this is a small-town with a bit closed minded folk, who aren't quite sure they want pirate neighbors. After all, the boy doesn't where shoes to school, father has black teeth and nails, the ship is blocking Mr. Shore's sunlight ... and the list goes on with each gossipy tale getting bigger and bigger by the townsfolk....more
Cindy
Matilda lived a Dull-on-Sea, which was very busy in the summer and very boring in the winter. She did not have a lot of kids that lived around her and she really hoped that a little girl her age would move in to the house next door. It had been for sale for a long time. She had not idea how exciting life could be until a Pirate family moved in one day. They didn't act like anyone else in the town, dress like anyone else, or talk like anyone else in town. She thought it was so great to have a fri...more
Laura
The Jolly Rodger family of pirates moves in next door and a tough adjustment begins. Jim Lad doesn't wear shoes to school, the parents make the mailman walk the plank, and the neighbors are unhappy with the noise and huge ship in their town. Matilda, the young girl next door, is the only person excited about having pirates living in her boring seaside town.

The rhyming text will quickly become tiresome for adults stuck on story time duty. But really what bugs me is the message in this book -- no...more
Tasha
This book first came to my attention when it won the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize in the UK. It is the story of a girl living in a neighborhood where all of the lawns are neat and tidy, until the pirate family moves in next door. They arrive complete with pirate ship, treasure chests and barrels of grog. There is a pirate boy named Jim Lad, his parents, his grandfather, and his little sister, Nugget. Jim Lad and the girl quickly became friends, but the rest of the community was not as welc...more
DieBuchpiraten
Wie eine frische Meeresbrise weht uns Jonny Duddle die Piratenfamilie Jolley-Rogers in die Kinderzimmer! Nach dem Abenteuer-Bilderbuch "Lecker Piraten!" führt uns der englische Illustrator und Autor nach "Schnarch-am-Deich" (im Original: "Dull-on-Sea") und hält uns mit witzigen, originellen Bildern die Fremdenangst - eine Angst, die jüngere Kinder (noch) nicht kennen - wie einen Spiegel vor.

Die kleine Matilda jedenfalls freut sich über die ungewöhnlichen, neuen Nachbarn und ihren lang ersehnten...more
Sandra | Büchernische
Jul 18, 2012 Sandra | Büchernische rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: boys and girls, 4-99 years old
Ich besitze die deutsche Ausgabe von Jonny Duddles "Die Piraten von nebenan", welches am 1. Juni 2012 im Loewe Verlag erschien. Ein wunderschön vom Autor selbst illustriertes Kinderbuch, das auch Eltern auf ca. 35 Seiten mit seiner humorvollen und wirklich wunderbar gezeichneten Geschichte fasziniert. Jonny Duddle hat bereits ein ähnliches Buch herausgebracht und demnächst erscheint sein neues illustratorisches Meisterwerk.

"Die Piraten von nebenan" zielt auf die Altersgruppe der 4 bis 6jährigen...more
Rachel
Sep 08, 2013 Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: pgce
This is the story of a young girl called Matilda who lives in Dull-on-Sea, a quiet seaside town, where nothing exciting ever happens. So she is thrilled when a pirate family (The Jolley-Rogers) move in next-door and she makes friends with the eldest son, Jim-Lad. However, her parents and the other residents of Dull-on-Sea aren’t so happy and complain about the way the pirates dress and their behaviour. Mrs Bevan (from eighty-seven) even starts a petition asking them to leave. Finally when their...more
Marti
When a family of pirates moves into the house next door, Matilda knows that her boring English seaside town will never be the same! Although their strange ways are off-putting to Matilda’s parents and neighbors, she embraces them wholeheartedly and strikes up a friendship with their oldest child, Jim Lad Jolly-Roger. While she is quite happy to learn more about pirate life, the rest of the town does not welcome their cannon-firing, plank-walking ways. However, there is more to the Jolly-Rogers t...more
Nick
The story is cute, but the illustrations are what really carries this book. The town of Dull-on-Sea is livened up by the arrival of a pirate ship, which parks rather suddenly in the front yard of a local house. While the ship is being repaired, the young boy of the family of pirates attends a local school and his 3-year-old sister gets up to some very interesting hijinks. The pirate grandpa refuses to leave the ship during repairs, due to bad experiences the last time he set foot on land, and th...more
Kim
Grades 1-3: Pirate fans will enjoy this story of Matilda, who lives in a small town where nothing exciting ever happens... at least not until the Jolley-Rogers family moves in next door. Suddenly, life is full of adventure, thanks largely to Jim Lad, who sports no shoes and an eye patch, and is accompanied by a wooden-legged dog. The grown-ups in town are not so keen on the new neighbors: they dress funny, they smell bad, and they don't even try to keep their front yard looking neat. Before the...more
Atziri
A pirate family moves into the neighborhood. Matilda, who lives in the neighboring house, is fascinated and gets to befriend the Jim Lad, the pirate boy. The neighbors think this family is really strange and want them out of the neighborhood. At the end the pirates leave and leave some surprise gifts for every neighbor.

I liked this book, but mostly because of its illustrations that covered all pages from end to end. The colors were bright and there was a lot of movement in them. The end of the s...more
Tobinsfavorite
We liked this one. The rhyming prose did not become tiring to this adult, and the pictures are very interesting to look at and find details in.

I noticed some reviewers didn't like the message they perceived: People didn't like the pirates, so the pirates gave them stuff, and then they liked the pirates. That's not at all how I saw the story. This is: Neighbors didn't like the pirates. Tilda liked the pirates. The pirates left treasure behind. People liked the treasure and said they missed the pi...more
Leke Akinyemi
This story is amazing! The Jolly-Rogers came to modern civiisation and were hoig o adjust but unfortunately were mistreated and ridiculed becsaue of their culture and way of living. This educates the children about the importance of appreciation different people of different kinds.
Katherine
Apr 27, 2012 Katherine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teachers, children, people who like pirates
I love this book, and the grade 3's I read it to earlier today were captivated. And of course it leads to the activity of making a pirate treasure map! Great for relief teaching :D

About the ending, I wrote this as a comment on another review*:
I felt a little like the leaving of treasure was almost a sneaky little move on the part of the pirates, a bit like an inside joke. I thought of it more as an undermining the townfolk. Even though the pirates aren't there to see it, the readers are, and we...more
Danica Midlil
I just loved this! The pictures are filled with silly little details for children to pour over. The characters are appealingly ultra-modern hipster pirates.
The story relates very well to a discussion I was just having with my husband about how easy we find it to immediately dislike people who wander. It seems that rooted society has this innate distrust of all things nomadic. I love how the Jolley-Roger family go about quietly changing people's minds. I love how the whole family is involved and...more
Mrs. Knott
What a great story and great illustrations to look at! The story is about a pirate family that moves into a nice neighborhood. The existing neighbors don't take kindly to the new neighbors... they look different, they smell different and they act different. But the little girl in the story likes that... she is ready for a change. And she's ready to look past their differences to become friends. A good message for young readers! But the pirates are not meant to be landlubbers and they soon push o...more
Heather
All three kids really loved this book. My 2 year old really enjoyed the pirates! The pirates! He was very excited. Great illustrations too.
Sherry
Another winner to add to the "No Fail" read out loud list!

Meet the Jolley-Rogers — a pirate family who is moving to Dull-on-Sea, a quiet seaside town, while they fix up their ship. This unusual family soon has the whole neighborhood gossiping. Defying the grown-ups, Matilda becomes friends with young pirate Jim Lad. When the JolleyRogers return to sea, the town realizes that they were wrong to assume the worst when it is discovered that the pirates have buried treasure in everyone's yard. The ne...more
Christine Turner
The Jolley-Rogers have traded in the high seas for suburban life. Meet the Jolley-Rogers - a pirate family who is moving to Dull-on-Sea, a quiet seaside town, while they fix up their ship. This unusual family soon has the whole neighborhood gossiping. Defying the grown-ups, Matilda becomes friends with young pirate Jim Lad. When the JolleyRogers return to sea, the town realizes that they were wrong to assume the worst when it is discovered that the pirates have buried treasure in everyone's yard...more
Ellie Matthews
Matilda lives in 'dull on sea' and dreams of a playmate next door, but when a pirate boy turns up with his family to wait for his ship to be repaired the neighbors are less than impressed.

This book is fantastic! I've read it to a class of children and two lots of children I've been babysitting for and they've all been absolutely spell-bound by the mixture of pirates, clever rhymes and wonderful illustrations. It's also a book that will appeal to adults reading because it is a clever spin on sma...more
Lyndsey Hurm
This is a cute story about a Pirate family who moves to a new quiet town. At first the people from the town gossip about them and tell their children to stay away. One girl, Matilda befriends the pirate boy anyways. The pirate family ends up moving away after they buried treasure in everyone's yard. Matilda's treasure is a pen-pal! This book can teach children about making assumptions about other people, gossiping, and judging. I might read this to the class and then maybe give them all a pen-pa...more
Uttam Singh
Great illustrations, funny story.


Matilda has always wished for a child to move into the house next door. She gets her wish when a family of pirates move in with their son. The pirates soon cause mayhem on land as they try to continue sea life among the boring seaside town of Dull-on-Sea.

I used this in a mixed ability literacy class over a week leading up to a big write. A wealth of characters and an adaptable story line make it a good book to use for children to rewrite aspects, e.g. change char...more
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Jonny Duddle has been a concept artist for Aardman Animations and created fantastic illustrations for fiction and novelty books, including ALIENOLOGY. He wrote and illustrated THE PIRATE CRUNCHER. Jonny Duddle lives in Buxton, England.
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