My Granny is a Pirate

By Val McDermid, Arthur Robins (Ilus)


When a family secret about Granny is revealed, we discover all about her fiercesome pirate reputation and her swashbuckling ways - from making other rogueish pirates walk the plank to singing sea shanties to her dog, Jolly Roger. Look again at your granny...could she be a pirate too? A must-have book for all pirate fans.

Year of Publication


Jaunty nautical fun. -- Financial Times 20120122 Enormous fun, rollicking along with great energy. -- Daily Mail 20120113 Aided by gloriously vivid pictures. -- Primary Times 20120130 A jolly doggerel that children will love... vibrant and energetic. -- Birmingham Post 20120126 Brilliantly illustrated, young pirate fans will love this rhyming tale of a swashbuckling grandmother. -- Sunday Express 20120408 Infectiously readable... delightful. -- Observer 20120401 An entertaining read for both boys and girls. -- Bookbag 20120101 Highly recommended. -- Guardian 20120714 Lively, jolly and colourful. -- School Librarian 20120701 Told in verse and superbly illustrated by Arthur Robins, it makes old age seem a lot of fun. -- Independent on Sunday 20120722 Full of her characteristically wicked humour. Delightfully funny characterisations. A rollicking tale full of lusty energy. * * * * -- Books for Keeps 20120901 Arthur Robins's illustrations mix humour with an occasional touch of mild menace. -- Independent on Sunday 20121216

Author Biography

Val McDermid is the author of 22 bestselling novels, which have been translated into 30 languages, and have sold over 10 million copies. She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009. My Granny Is a Pirate is Val's first children's book. Val divides her time between Manchester and Alnmouth.

Arthur Robins is known and loved the world over for his witty and lively picture books and cartoons. He has illustrated numerous and much-loved books for Orchard, including the ever-popular Seriously Silly series, written by Laurence Anholt, and the picture book series featuring Small Knight and George which was written by Ronda Armitage. Arthur lives in Surrey, near his two grown-up daughters.