A thrilling pirate adventure, with a heart-warming message about the importance of family

When I was a pirate, I woke up to whale song.
A chorus of humpback, beluga and blue.
They waved with their tails, as we sailed along.
Back when I was a pirate, before I met you.

Although these days Grandpa might prefer his rocking chair to climbing the rigging or hoisting the mainsail, he was once a swashbuckling pirate! As he tells his grandchildren tales of his piratical adventures on the high seas, their imagination takes them on an unforgettable journey. Treasure maps and sailing ships come to life in this heart-warming rhyming picture book about the surprising adventures of those you love. This is not only a story about pirates, but also family bonds and building memories.


Tom Silson is a solicitor based in Manchester with a passion for children’s books, rhyme and writing.

Ewa Poklewska-Koziello is an illustrator and architect from Poland, working from Sopot. She has illustrated many books for children and has a unique and playful style, perfect for fairies and pirates!


A touching tale of a grandparent rediscovering their sense of wonder and adventure through their grandchildren, lavishly illustrated with just the right amount of magic.

David O'Connell, Author of The Chocolate Factory Ghost,

Swashbuckling fun with a boatload of heart!

Becka Moor, author of Wigglesbottom Primary

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