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Le Croque-Pirate

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  466 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Captain Purplebeard and his crew of cut-throat pirates are off to find an island packed with treasure! But could their greed be leading them into some monstrously big trouble?
Paperback, 40 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Scholastic (first published September 1st 2009)
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La Coccinelle
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This is the second of Jonny Duddle's pirate books I've read. The first one I read in French (which is not my first language) so I didn't really get the benefit of all the wordplay. In this book, we have a bunch of greedy pirates being led on a treasure hunt by an old fiddler who conveniently forgets to tell the pirates what's guarding the treasure...

The plot turned out to be just okay for me. I'm not sold on the ending. The pictures, though, are a lot of fun. I'd like to see more of Duddle's
Kathleen Whelan
I read this book to a Year 3 class and they absolutely adored it! The pictures are so well detailed. They images are really quite dark which portrays the darness of a pirates life and the journey they are venturing on. The rhyming throughout gives the book a continous rhythm. The children in Year 3 loved the rhyming and read along. The large picture at the end of the giant monster gave them a great reason to discuss what it was. Some thought it was a giant octupus and some said it was a giant ...more
An old fiddler started singing about a huge treasure in a town with loads of pirates. Of course a group of pirates decided to go in search for said treasure. Even though the fiddler warned that this particular treasure was VERY dangerous to look for. But off the pirates went. While on the pirate ship, the fiddler started telling them more and more about the treasure (basically how it was even more dangerous to get than before). Apparently this treasure was guarded by a monster that ate pirates ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'The Pirate-Cruncher' is a superb tale of skulduggery on the high seas in which Captain Purplebeard, of Penzance, and his motley crew set out to find treasure hidden on an island in the middle of the ocean.

Purplebeard hears of the treasure through a fiddler who roams through the dark and nasty streets of Port Royal singing a ditty that mentions the treasure. Once he hears the ditty and the fiddler unfurls a map of the location, Purplebeard sets his heart on owning 'a SHIPLOAD of treasure' and
Emily Moss
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An amusing and exciting picture book. The story is fast paced and definitely something that children will enjoy and the illustrations are full of detail and even interactive on some pages. Each pirate seems to have their own individual characteristics which children can explore in more detail. The story has songs which are written in rhyme as well as lots of text in speech bubbles which provides a further depth to the story.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2
good book. I think children will find it funny about all the pirates. the illustrations were brilliant and kept the reader engrossed. I think this book would be a great book to read at the end of the day or after lunch.
May 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This was an absolutely darling book. Pirate lovers and non-pirate lovers alike will love it! A fiddler comes to town singing about an island full of treasure and Captain Purplebeard and his crew jump at the chance to find more loot! It isn't until they are on their way that the fiddler warns them of a monster that could be lurking nearby the treasure. Despite the crews fears, Captain Purplebeard presses on. Readers will be surprised at the ending as they find out who the monster really is!
Samantha Bilodeau
A pirate singer tempts a group of pirates to seek treasure and warns them of the monster that protects it. The flow of the text is so much fun! It's so easy to get into a "pirate" mood reading this and my son and I really enjoy reading it.

The art in this is phenomenal and does a wonderful job of setting the tone. The colors and style are just gorgeous. My son really loved the many speech bubbles and the drawings inside many of them. There is a foldout page towards the very back that also
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The illustrations alone are enough to warrant a peek at this book, they are fabulous. So colourful and the entire page is filled. The characters look alive and the attention to detail is amazing. Could spend hours just looking at the pictures. I have read this book a few times (it's just so fun) and every time I look at it I see something new.

The story is fun and flows nicely. The way that it rhymes is brilliant.

This book really is a perfect childrens (or adult if your like me) book and I
Exciting storytelling with juicy clues and suggestions creeping out of the illustrations, the language and the characters' behaviour, and yet we are in for a giant surprise. Every inch of this book is rich in communication. Young readers get excited about their comprehension and try desperately to tell you what's going on, in case you missed it. The first class, iconic illustrations are full of fantasy and the level of graphic detail makes them cool in a grown-up way. Dynamite.
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Milo by: Uncle Mark
"Yeah. That is a good one. I think it is fun."

Mama was worried that the illustrations might be too scary. But, I LOVED the story. After reading this book I wanted to learn more about pirates. I wanted to know if they were real and if they were around today. It made for some fun dinner conversations. I decided that I don't want to pirate, because they don't know when to stop getting gold and treasure.
Clare Cannon
Jan 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 4-6 years (boys)
Shelves: 04-8yrs
A fun rhyming pirate story with lively illustrations and a good ‘moral to the story’: the greedy treasure hunting pirates meet their match in the ‘pirate-eating monster’, not listening to the warnings the old fiddler gives them through his songs. But it doesn’t have that special something about the story which I look for in picture books.
Alyce Hunt
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A crew of pirates decide to look for some mythical treasure despite being warned that it's really dangerous to get to... And I'm sure you can imagine from the title of this picture book what exactly it is they're up against.
Yes, that's right: it's the Pirate Cruncher!
The wordplay and repetition went right over our daughter's head, but it really appealed to all of the grown ups who were present at story time. This is the perfect book to read with your family, as the illustrations appeal to the
Charlotte Stafford
This is a good story about pirates being fooled by a sea monster. They set sail for treasure after speaking with a puppet, which unbeknownst to them was orchestrated by the sea monster himself and the whole thing is just an elaborate trap created by a sea monster to eat greedy pirates. Great for deeper understanding of the story - discussion of puppet, hidden sea monster throughout book and many additional curricular activities can be linked to this book.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We loved reading Jonny Duddle's book about the Jolly Rogers and read it over and over and over. As a three year old, I didn't like this one as much. It was a little scarier. However, my mom loves the clever rhymes and pirate words - arrgh! The illustrations are fantastic.
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The rhyming is too forced--I didn't enjoy reading it out loud. For the first half of the book, it was dark text on a dark background. Very difficult to read, especially while holding to book to the side so people can see the pictures.
Fun pirate book, a bit busy, but appropriately perilous and fierce. Recommended for ages 4-6.
Miss Ryoko
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The illustrations were fantastic!! The story was fun, but Duddle's illustrations really made this book
Kay Lea
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Partly rhyming, partly pirated speaking. Pirates eat the treasure. Monster eats the pirates. Good for Y2
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A A solid children's book. My cousin (7 years old) loved it.
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this book a lot. It's funny and dark. The illustrations are wonderful and vibrant. Fun for elementary age kids.
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved sharing these books with my son and children in school. Funny.
Joseph Gilmour
It's a bit scary, it has a monster in it
Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a bit like Marmite!! You either love it or hate it... However, I think it is great, but I am sure that there are some children who could find it a bit scary. In light of this, I would recommend this book for children of 6 - 9yrs and would also take into account the characters of who you are reading the story to.

It is a story of greed and misfortune. There is an exciting moral to the story, which will either have the children roaring with laughter (throughout) or have them quaking in
Laura Lee Denby
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jonny Duddle's last book 'The pirate's next door' was a delight to read. I was so pleased to discover that he had written something new for us to enjoy with the children.
This book is more advanced than his last but is every inch as wonderful. Jonny's illustrations are detailed in the way that an intriguing cartoon strip is. The story is written in rhyme, using the colloquial language of pirates-guaranteed to get children interested.
The version I bought also comes with a book and audio cd which
Sarah W
On with pirates! Captain Purplebeard and his band of cutthroats are searching for treasure in this picture book/comic hybrid. The adventure begins with an older fiddler singing of treasure. This is clearly a good book for a music nerd like me.

The parrot is the one crew member with common sense. One dialogue exchange I enjoyed was "You eat treasure?" "Only small pieces."

The color choices in Pirate Cruncher really highlight the characters' moods. The somewhat eerie blues were a bit hard for
Purple beard and his crew meet a fiddler who tells them about an island with a glorious treasure. Purple beard doesn't care although some of his crew are a little bit nervous.

I like that each pirate has thought/word bubbles letting you see what they are really thinking. This makes me think that it would be a better book for reading with only between 1 and 3 kids b/c you can talk about the individual pirates.

There is a nice twist at the end with the island, the fiddler and the monster. The
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, 2014
What a superb book and you don't realise the fiddler is the monsters puppet until the end despite the strings being on every page - how did I not see them?
I loved the fiddlers little sea shanties and the pirates voices as they change from BIG brave pirates to ones who want to go home to their mummies!!! I can see a group of children taking turns saying all of the characters voices in a pirate voices. Brilliant.
Despite the fiddler warning them of a terrible monster they still proceed as the
Mark Zaino
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly illustrated, especially the format is similar to a graphic novel setup with the series of boxes. The telling of a treasure from a fiddler to abnd of pirates has a bold an capturingtake. especially the rhyming meter in the story really captures a mood.
To do a storytelling with this book would be great, especially for a pirate themed storytime. (one could take on a pirate voice all throughout).
We had the best laugh with this hilarious pirate book! The Pirate-Cruncher by Jonny Duddle, is so much fun. It's about some pirates that fall into a trap by an "old man" who promises them treasure. The crew gets scared and wants to turn back but the captain won't hear of it. There is a cute rhyming song that is told by the "old man". I won't spoil the surprise for you. This book is worth your home book shelf!
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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.