Released: April 1st, 2014
Every full moon, a mysterious ship is seen off the coast of Dull-on-Sea. Then, the day after, gold and jewellery are missing from the town. Can Matilda and Jim Lad retrieve the stolen booty from the mysterious ship before the moon fades? Or will they end up stuck on board with ghostly pirates until the next full moon?
Ahoy there, me hearties! The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon is the first of Jonny Duddle's books I've read; until how I've just admired his artwork and stared longingly at his many picture books. I felt like a good pirate adventure which is why I ended up buying a copy of this, and well worth the money it was too!
Duddle's illustrations are magnificent, so clean and bold with a brilliant style that I instantly liked. Matilda and Jim-Lad have a distinctive look that I recognise from the picture books in the series, and I'm glad I've finally met them. Jim-Lad is a cracking little pirate and Tilly doesn't do bad for herself either - they make a formidable team quite capable of defeating a horde of ghostly pirates!
The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon is funny, clever and an absolute treat to look at. I read it fairly slowly, savouring each illustration and making sure I brushed up on my pirate-speak (there's a handy guide at the end that all budding pirates should read). I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, titled The Jolly-Rogers and the Cave of Doom - here's hoping it's as good as this one!