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Jonny Duddle


Templar Publishing

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1st April 2014

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The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon

Jonny Duddle

Lovereading - -Year 2 (age 6-7)

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One of our Books of the Year 2014   The award-winning pirates are back for a second great adventure! Help is needed in Dull-on-Sea after a ghostly pirate ship draws up on the beach and a rash of burglaries from homes, and even from the museum, follows. Matilda knows just who to call on! Soon Jim Lad and the Jolley-Rogers are at hand. Can they get all the valuables back and defeat the ghastly and ghostly crew? And exciting story brilliantly told in words and pictures.

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Toby, age 7 - 'It was a very adventurous book. It was a story about a girl called Matilda and a boy called Jimlad who had to save the day. An exciting, funny and daring story.' Read full review >
  • Robyn, age 5 and Tracey Chorley - 'I thought it was a fun book to read to my daughter and I can well imagine her reading it again to herself as she grows into a more independent reader.' Read full review >
  • Matthew Wilson, age 6 - 'Don't panic everyone! It's pirates. I like the way my Dad does all the voices. This is the best pirate story ever. The pictures are awesome. I give it 5 stars.' Read full review >
  • Brodie Greenslade, age 8 - 'The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon is exciting and funny - I can't wait to read the next one!' Read full review >
  • Erica Motoc, age 8 - 'This book is about pirate thieves who steal from a beach museum every full moon.' Read full review >
  • Lily Benner, age 9 - 'A fun and entertaining tale for anyone who likes ghosts, pirates and a ‘Jolley’ good laugh.' Read full review >
  • Alex Franks, age 8 - 'I loved this exciting story which was also a bit scary.  Jim Lad was a brave boy who fought the pirates to save the treasures for Dull-on-Sea.' Read full review >
  • George Johnson, age 7 - 'I loved this book!  It was funny, exciting and I didn't want to put it down.' Read full review >
  • Jemima Foyster, age 5 - 'There is a problem in Dull-on-Sea.  Pirates are going everywhere trying to get everything.  Matilda wants to help so she sends a message in a bottle to her best friend Jim Lad, a pirate.' Read full review >
  • Isabel, age 6 - 'I really liked this book and I can't wait to read more.' Read full review >
  • Isaac & Alice East, age 7 & 9 - 'The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon is a book that is hard to read at first because there is a lot of pirate language. It is an exciting adventure book which I am sure you will really love.' Read full review >
  • Alexander Bisland, age 8 - 'I enjoyed this book a lot...I give it 10/10!' Read full review >


The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon by Jonny Duddle

The first in a brilliant, all-action adventure mystery.  A sleepy seaside village appears to have a pirate problem as on each full moon a mysterious ship is seen on the horizon and their museum gets plundered.  Feisty Matilda decides to call upon her friend Jim Lad whose grandpa, a friendly pirate, sails a ship called the Blackhole to try and solve the crime. Matilda, Jim Lad and his family, the Jolley-Rogers together with Jim's trusty dog, Bone come up with a cunning plan to rid the village of their mystery and to reclaim the museum's lost treasure.  High-jinks and adrenalin-fuelled action ensue but when Jim Lad is caught it seems it's all over but can Bone and Matilda win the day?

Jonny Duddle is the author of a number of pirate themed picture books for younger readers featuring the Jolley-Rogers family and include The Pirate's Next Door and The Pirate Cruncher.  He is also the author of Gigantosaurus and The King of Space. All of them are perfect for 3+ year olds.

About The Author

One of the World Book Day 2015 Authors Jonny spent his childhood in the wet and windy hills of North Wales, exploring forests, riding his bike for miles and miles, scrumping apples and building tree-houses. When he wasn’t outside he was drawing and busily creating worlds, sprawled across his bedroom floor, with paper everywhere.

When he realised he had to grow up and get a job, he went to college to study illustration and then got himself a proper job on a pirate ship. He spent a year climbing up and down rigging before jumping ship in Dublin because the ship’s chef didn’t like his vegetarian ways. As a landlubber, he enjoyed stints as an encyclopaedia salesman, a children’s entertainer in Majorca, a gallery warden, and an art teacher in Kang, a small village in the middle of the Kalahari Desert.

Jonny eventually ended up designing characters for computer games. Whilst working as a freelance games artist, he wrote a picture book about a sea monster called ‘The Pirate Cruncher’ and did all the pictures too, which was published by Templar in 2009. Then he helped design the characters for Aardman’s stop-motion movie ‘The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!’.

A second picture book ‘The Pirates Next Door’ followed (which won the 2012 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize), and then Jonny went a bit sci-fi with ‘The King of Space’ picture book. In an attempt to work his way through all the things he liked drawing as a nipper, his latest book is all about dinosaurs and is called ‘Gigantosaurus!’.

Nowadays, Jonny has returned to the wet and windy hills of North Wales. He spends most of his time drawing and busily creating worlds, sprawled across his studio floor, with paper everywhere. When he’s not drawing, he likes exploring forests, riding his bike for miles and miles, scrumping apples, fixing old cars and building garden sheds.

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