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Children's Fiction Pirates

Grandma and the Pirates

illustrated by Phoebe Gilman

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
May 2012
Pirates, Girls & Women, Humorous Stories
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2012
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3


A refreshing new look for this beloved classic!

Because her noodle pudding is so delicious, a band of pirates kidnaps Grandma and her parrot, Oliver. When her granddaughter Melissa tries to save them, she gets captured too. Life aboard the pirate ship isn't so bad — Grandma makes lots of noodle puddings and Melissa helps to sail the ship. But the pirates are mean and nasty. At last Melissa comes up with a plan: they'll stop trying to get away from the pirates, and let the pirates get away from them.

Join Grandma, Melissa and Oliver for a rollicking adventure as they take to the high seas with three hungry, savage pirates.

About the author

Pheobe Gilman was the beloved creator of the Jillian Jiggs series as well as the award-winning Something from Nothing, The Gypsy Princess, Pirate Pearl, Little Blue Ben, The Balloon Tree, and Grandma and the Pirates. She passed away in 2002.

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  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice
  • Short-listed, Ruth Schwartz Award

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Grandma and The Pirates:

Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice, 1991Shortlist, Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award, 1991

"Gilman's action-packed illustrations provide a perfect counterpoint to her exuberant text." —Quill & Quire

"Phoebe Gilman not only knows a good story, she knows how to write it well and draw it superbly." —Canadian Children's Literature

"[F]ull of hyperbole and humour — the kind of story that provokes the response: 'Read it again, please?'" —CM

"[C]ertain to become a classic for young Canadian children, and a favourite gift from grandmothers." —Canadian Book Review Annual

"This rollicking adventure of a feisty grandmother and grand-daughter who are captured by pirates has everything a good yarn should: humour, suspense, a happy ending, and a heroine who uses her head." —Today's Parent

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