ARRR! Captain Sneer and his hardy crew of pirates are in for adventure – and a big surprise – in this rollicking, rhyming treasure hunt.

Ahoy there, me hearties! Meet CAPTAIN SNEER – a most boastful buccaneer! He’s ROUGH and TOUGH. He’s BRAVE and BOLD. He SAILS the SEAS in SEARCH of GOLD! But this is one pirate who is not ashamed to admit he needs his mum.

This rollicking, tongue-in-cheek rhyming story tells the tale of a boastful pirate who thinks he is rough and tough and brave and bold but, in true pantomime fashion, his crew - and the reader - know otherwise!


Penny Morrison lives on the Northern Beaches of Sydney and writes funny picture books. She has previously published four board books and a music program. Captain Sneer the Buccaneer is her first trade picture book. Penny grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney and fell in love with picture books while studying early childhood education at the University of Western Sydney. She spent several years teaching in preschools but also travelled full-time with a rock band. Penny is now married to an Anglican minister who is also a jazz musician and author, and they have three creative kids. Penny loves running various children’s programs at their church. Find Penny online at

Gabriel Evans is an illustrator and author from Western Australia. His books include Annie’s Snails by Dianne Wolfer and Roses are Blue by Sally Murphy. The latter was a Notable Book in the 2015 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. Gabriel has also written and illustrated a series with Five Mile Press called the Woodland Whiskers. Working in a small messy studio, he creates classically flavoured illustrations with a contemporary twist.


This is a a fun picture book sure to capture the hearts of any pirates fans or mini adventurers alike. My little pirate was certainly impressed and was reading along.

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Kids' Book Review

Captain Sneer the Buccaneer is a creative, humorous, and entertaining tale that children and adults will enjoy. It will appeal to both boys and girls and will soon become a family favourite.


The rhyming text is fun and has a pleasing rhythm that makes it perfect to read aloud, and the twist at the end will have young readers giggling. The illustrations by West Australian illustrator Gabriel Evans complement the text perfectly.

Kids' Book Review

Each stanza ends with the children predicting the next word and there will be much laughter when the word given over the page is not what is expected.



Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards, 5-8 Years
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