Pegleg Percy and the Children's Book of PyratesBy Phil Symons
Extent: 338 Pages
Available: October 2008
A hilarious fantasy in the best traditions of Terry Pratchett.
[We do not recommend this book for young children]
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There are many facing an aspiring pirate. What, for example, is the correct etiquette
for walking the plank, and is burial really the most efficient way to
treasure or dirty laundry? Puzzles
indeed, and for Percy his quest for the answers is hindered only by his
squeamishness, politeness, and of course, the day job.
But when he accidentally finds himself to be the most notorious pirate on the high seas and in possession of one of the most mysterious and valuable treasures in all the Heinish Islands, only one question remains; how should he return it to its rightful owner?The search for the answer brings chaos and lunacy rivalled only by the exploits of the legendary Orange Beard the ‘Orrific. Yet, even when things seem to be at their darkest, when the storms are closing in, and when all the world is against you, advice can always be found in the Children’s Book of Pyrates.
Some of the suspects in our tale:
Amiable and slightly deluded, Percy would never hurt a fly, faints at the sight of blood, and is scared of parrots. All problems since he aspires to Pirate notoriety, as described in his cherished copy of "The Children's Book of Pyrates". Yet despite this he holds the loyalty and respect of the crew of his merchant ship, The Jolly Barbara. They would follow him anywhere, even into hell to return a lost wallet.
Polly is Percy's constant doggy companion
and defender. Tiny Polly is suspicious of
all and shirks
from no man. Perched on Percy's shoulder
and crunching the odd cracker, Polly believes he is a parrot.
Percy’s closest friend, Richard is the voice
aboard the Jolly Barbara, which is sorely needed. He
tries hard but always seems to end up the
short straw, which he takes with a resigned, long-suffering, and