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They’re back!!! The Pirate Captain and his irascible crew of scoundrels return in their soggiest saga yet.Fresh from their mishaps with Charles Darwin and the evil Bishop of Oxford, the Pirates set sail in a bouncy new vessel——purchased on credit. In order to repay his debts, the Pirate Captain is determined to capture the enigmatic White Whale, hunted by the notoriously m...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 4th 2005 by Pantheon (first published January 1st 2005)
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Tfitoby
Have at you, you scabrous coves! Here be humourous treasure as The Pirates! have an adventure with whaling that features that miserable old pirate Ahab.

Things you might learn about during this adventure:

Debt

Whale Conservation

Nantucket

Multiple uses for physeter macrocephalus

The migratory course of the accursed Great White Whale

How The Pirates! once had an adventure with a mosquito


All the things I said about the first book remain true for this one, Python, ham, Discworld, cutlasses, Snicket, 42, i...more
Gaijinmama
Read this with my kids. They're 5 and 9 and while the humor and vocabulary was a bit advanced for them, it was still a blast and I got to explain things like cutlasses, harpoons, and Nantucket, while doing (really badly!) every British accent I could think of from Alan Rickman to Joan Collins.
Come on, folks! Pirates! With a sorta Monty Python/ Douglas Adams sense of humor (the White Whale stalks Captain Ahab through...wait for it...Las Vegas!!) What could possibly be more fun.

Hanna
First published on Booking in Heels.

At the end of The Pirates! in an Adventure with Moby Dick, there are ten pages of other (pretend) titles by the same author, and I love this book so much that I would happily read every single one of them. I'm sure The Pirates! in an Adventure with Heavy Petting and The Pirates! in an Adventure with a Steep Hill would sell especially well.

Enough about the other books, let's look at this one :) In the interests of full disclosure, I haven't read Moby Dick (the...more
Melissa
Hilarious! As I have read "Moby Dick" in its entirety, I loved the not-so-subtle jabs at that novel. My favorite quote: "The other pirates were doing their best to make conversation with the whaler crew, but they were a strange bunch, and most of their stories placed a lot more emphasis on icebergs and interminable months spent at sea rather than feasts and fighting. Also, just as one of the whalers would actually seem to be getting to the point of an anecdote, they were liable to wander off sud...more
rabbitprincess
May 31, 2012 rabbitprincess rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Python, pirate enthusiasts
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: the film of the first book in the series
Shelves: bibliotheque, 2012
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The pirate crew have just bought a fancy new ship to replace their current ailing vessel (it's really not normal for the mast to fall down three times a week), but they don't have ready cash to pay for it. What to do to avoid incurring the wrath of Cutlass Liz, pirate-ship dealer and the bloodthirstiest lass on the high seas? Apparently there's a fella named Ahab who's offering a sizeable reward for the capture of a certain white whale…

This is the second in "The Pirates" series by Gid...more
Graham
I laughed a bit in places but found it slightly tedious overall. Had it been longer I might have given up.
Gabriel
"The Pirates! In an Adventure with Ahab" is like the other pirate book by this author. It is a hilarious parody of a pirate adventure. It only makes sense that they would get involved in a whaling expedition. That's exactly what they do. They set sail after a white whale for an old man named Ahab.

A text to text connection I can make is from this book to the book "The Old Man and the Sea". This connects because in the Old Man in the Sea he was devoting himself to hunting down this fish he want...more
Tanner Jensen
These books are a pretty quick read. Being a little over 100 pages long I was able to finish up the sequel just as fast as the first. This book does have some different titles, one being The Pirates! In an Adventure with Whaling. Ahab was the version I had read so that is how I am reviewing the book. That aside, I loved this adventure more than the one with scientists.

The book is about the Pirates! quest to make 6000 doubloons in order to pay for their new ship. Ahab pops in as well. That's the...more
Andrew
Review Taken From The Pewter Wolf

The Pirate Captain can't seem to keep out of trouble, can he? After he splashes out on the fancy new ship, the Lovely Emma, he finds himself spending six thousand doubloons he doesn't have. In debt to the beautiful but deadly Cutlass Liz, who will happily cut them easily in two, he and his crew must get the cash. And fast!

Along the way in their desperate race to find the cash before time runs out (Cutlass Liz gave them an hourglass, filled with the sands that ar...more
Ciara
Nov 21, 2008 Ciara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like clever funny books, lovers of ham, beard appreciation societies
these pirates! books are strangely brilliant. the main character is the nefarious pirate captain, known throughout the seven seas for his luxurious beard & ravenous appetite for ham. his pirate crew is known only by distinguishing features: the albino pirate, the pirate who always wears red, the pirate with the bedroom eyes, etc. in this book, they team up with captain ahab, who is of course searching for the great white whale. or rather, they team up in opposition to ahab. as it were, the p...more
Anna
Defoe's 'The Pirates!' series tell you more or less all you need to know about my sense of humour. I love them, especially the one with Communists. This absurd adventure is as hilarious as ever. To determine whether you'd enjoy it, consider this quote:

'Ahab paused, and turned to the pirates. "You might say that they are having a whale of a time."

The pirates looked at Ahab. There was an embarrassed silence.

"That was a joke," said Ahab. "Whale of a time. You see?"

The pirates went on looking at Aha
...more
Liz
The pirates are back, but it seems that their piratical escapades may be in jeopardy. Their boat is rapidly falling apart, so they pay a visit the boatyard owned by the fearsome Cutlass Liz, the most ferocious lady pirate ever to sail the seven seas (who once ate twenty babies just to prove how ferocious she is). She also is one of the most feared loan sharks, and when the Pirate Captain makes a typically extravagant gesture and buys her most luxurious ship on credit, he only has a limited amoun...more
Tom Loock
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Moby Dick: Reissued is a very short book; it takes less than an hour to read. It's obviously aimed at prepubescent boys who are heavily into silly humour and some jokes and the sexual innuendo will be above their head. I'm a grumpy old geezer who get's it, hopefully, but does my age preclude me from getting the silly jokes? I should hope not. I will happily watch and re-watch an Aardman production, and I read a fair number of YA books every year. Furthermore I w...more
Kerri
Aug 12, 2008 Kerri rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Amanda
Shelves: humor
I love this series. Its dumb, but I just laugh out loud every time I pick the books up. Gideon Defoe brings back The Pirates! on another exciting adventure out at sea. The pirate's ship is in need of some repairs and so they set out to meet up with Cutlass Liz, the scariest she-pirate on the open sea. She ate twenty babies one time! Cutlass gives the pirates a fine boat on credit in which they must pay it back before the pirate bone dust in her timer runs out. Off the pirates go, led by the Pira...more
Petr Čapek
Když mi dorazila první kniha s Piráty! zpočátku jsem nevěděl co si myslet a pár věcí mi možná i trošku vadilo. Ovšem po přečtení druhé knížky, která je stejně jako Dobrodružství s vědátory předlohou úspěšného animáku, mi přestali vadit i věci, které sem první knize vytýkal. Nevím jestli je to tím, že jsem si zvykl a už jsem je neregistroval, nebo jsem prostě přijal za své, že se v této sérii nedá brát nic vážně.

Co říci závěrem? Pokud hledáte něco, u čeho se chcete zaručeně zasmát a nemuset při t...more
Eleanor
This book gave my little brother so much joy! He's currently enamoured with various Moby Dick film adaptations, this proved to be an adequate birthday present for him. An easy read for less avid readers and consistently humorous through parody of the tale and a comedy of its own. The book demanded to be read out loud (and mimed and acted at points) there was an impressive level of physical comedy and visual gags that was not lost in the pages. My father, brother and I have now also read ...with...more
Zora
When the pirates run out of cannonballs, they have to improvise:

"We could fire the limes, sir," suggested the pirate with a scarf. "They're sort of the right shape."

"Aaaarrr. Fair enough," said the Pirate Captain. "But dip it in tar so they think it's a cannonball. Otherwise we risk looking stupid."

"Can we wear those dinosaur masks...?" asked the pirate who was always getting nosebleeds.


Of course they can, says the Pirate Captain. The crew of nameless pirates is off on another adventure, this on...more
Kate
I thought this was a child/young adult story and i t probably could be although i think that most of the hidden humour and references would wash right over their heads. On the back there was a review which said "Enid Blyton might have written Pirates! after a night in an opium den" which is a good description of the book.

The story was fun to read and humourous. The pirates dont have names though just descriptions. I would like to read the other books in this series as it was a good introduction...more
Martin
4,5 hvězdičky
Máte už několikrát přečtené příběhy goblina Jiga, exorcisty amatéra Jakuba Vandrovce a na nový román ze Zeměplochy se vám čekat nechce, protože potřebujete další dávku humorné fantasy teď hned? Sáhněte po příbězích Pirátského kapitána a jeho posádky. Jejich dobrodružství je plné humoru, ale díky vysvětlivkách pod čarou nabízí i poučení.
Donna
This is a silly, fun, quick read. It is the sequel to The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists. I haven't read that one but I saw the recent film and i think that helped me with this book as I could picture the pirates from the film.

The Pirate Captain needs a new boat and gets one from Cutlass Liz, although he has no money. he then has to find ways to make money and finally agrees to catch Moby Dick who bit off Ahab's leg. All a disaster of course but with a happily ever after!
Erich
Mar 30, 2014 Erich rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2005
I wanted more Ahab and more pirating. Seems like the book jacket was a bit of false advertisment.
Mae Chaplin
Where was this book when I was forced to read Moby Dick in college?! I don't want to give too much away, but the dinner party between the whalers and the pirates was one of my favorite scenes in the novel. Take this short example, "just as one of the whalers would actually seem to be getting to the point of the anecdote, they were liable to wander off suddenly on long and rather dull tangents about whale anatomy of things like that." Like I said, where was this little story when I had to reward...more
Kaethe
I love the pirates, especially Jennifer. I wasn't complaining about the lack of women pirates before, but I'm delighted she was added.
Nux
This' my first taste of the Pirates series. I'd have to say that it didn't find it's "bite" on me.
It's funny but not one that would make me laugh... not sure about the footnotes. Though i like them and they do give additional information, they did distract me a bit as well as I would find the footnote more interesting to read than the story itself?! Not sure I'd be so inclined to read more of the pirates series... maybe when I'm in the mood and I come across the one that everybody else seemed to...more
Sarah
An endearing little story about a pirate and his devoted prized ham....I think.
Helen
Very silly - laughing as I read it on the bus this afternoon...
Emma Thompson
Enjoyable and funny short book. The Pirates...series are surealist humour books that have the crew of pirates (my favourite is the pirate with the scarf) going adventuring the eating ham. In this adventure, the Pirate Captain befriends Ahab and the pirates stumble around a bit, including taking a short trip to Las Vegas. It is funny, I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did the first book in the series though. I don't know if it's because I expect how absurd it's going to be or what but, yeah......more
Lucy
silly but funny.
Elke Woll
I have absolutely no idea where the fascination with either story or characters is. The novelty of having a pirate captain who treats his crew like a first graders and who in turn seem to love him so much that they protect him from the inconveniences of life by indulging his whims wears thin at about page 15. I kept at it because I expected (hoped for) some satirical insights into Melville and Moby Dick. Non followed. Utterly disappointing.
Ashleigh
This book was really cute. I really enjoyed it. The humor was good & the serious topics they talked about such as debt and whaling were expressed in an easy going, funny manner. This book would be really good for kids as a bed time story. Older kids i reckon because some of the issues (especially at the end where the big whale found the lady whale) is quite adult. A birds & the bees talk may be in order!!
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