The Pirates Are Coming

Tom has a VERY important job; every day he climbs to the top of the hill and watches for pirate ships. But when he rings his bell and shouts “PIRATES!” a few too many times – and there’s NO pirate ship – the villagers begin to get tired of hiding. So what will happen when the pirates really do show up?

Thanks to the illustrating genius of Matt Hunt, and the publishing prowess of the scurvy crew at Nosy Crow* The pirates Are coming has been a rollicking success, with translations in 10+ languages already. So, put on an eye patch, polish your hook and Grab your copy here. You’ll also be supporting independent bookshops in the process. Yaaaaar!!!!

Reviews for the ‘The Pirates Are Coming’

“John Condon and Matt Hunt cleverly and hilariously entwine predictability with jaw-dropping surprises to create a wonderful picture book that children will ask for again and again and again!
Nosy Crow

“A fabulous story with a great comic twist at the end! Every day Tom goes up the hill behind his fishing village home to look out for pirate ships. As soon as he sees one he shouts out a huge warning and everyone rushes to hide! But Tom isn’t very sure what a pirate ship looks like. After several false alarms which lead to everyone diving into uncomfortable hiding places all the villagers stop taking any notice of Tom’s warnings. So what happens when the pirates really do arrive? Great illustrations match this story perfectly.”
Pick of the Month February 2020 – Love Reading 4 Kids

John Condon’s story is full of drama, and superbly paced, with plenty of laughs along the way: further laughs will be induced thanks to Matt Hunt’s splendid illustrations. On every spread there’s something giggle worthy – rather, make that several things. If you enjoy putting on a performance with your story sharing, you’ll absolutely relish reading this one with a group of youngsters and they’ll love it too.”
Red Reading Hub

“An impressive and unexpected twist that will entertain older children and adults. I don’t want to give too much away, so all I will say is that it challenged my assumptions and made me laugh out loud. It is rare that I’m not able to guess the ending and I loved this!”
Madge Eekal Reviews

“John Condon’s hilarious pirate adventure is brought to life in spectacular colour by illustrator Matt Hunt. A story of family loyalty and friendship with a fantastic twist that will never fail to make you smile.”
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