The crew of the pirate ship the Rusty Heap are a fearsome bunch! They're tougher than gristle and barnacle grit. They heave and they ho and they swab and they . . . knit?
Well, one of them does, at least! Unfortunately for Ned, his knitting doesn't go over well with the captain and crew. They urge him to hide his hobby and strive to be scurvier, like pirates should be. But when the briny ocean beast shows up to feast on the Rusty Heap and its crew, maybe Ned's knitting is just the ticket to save the day!
From author Diana Murray and illustrator Leslie Lammle comes the delightfully salty tale of Ned the Knitting Pirate, a boy whose love for yarn and appliqué just doesn't quite let him fit in, but makes him stand out in the best way, instead. With their appealing angle on individuality, Murray's hilarious characters and Lammle's bright illustrations are sure to win over even the most reluctant landlubber.
Pirates don't knit, generally speaking, but a young one named Ned does, and he's sticking with it. His jolly colleagues sing, "We're tougher than gristle and barnacle grit,/ We heave, and we ho, and we swab, and we..." "Knit!" finishes Ned, who's sitting behind a barrel doing just that. "A scurvy pirate doesn't knit, nor wear a fuzzy hat," the captain growls. Writing verse that hits every metrical accent with a rousing beat is no easy task, but Murray (City Shapes) crafts her rhymes as conscientiously as Ned works on his knitting. In Lammle's (Princess Wannabe) nonthreatening pirate world, captain and crew have big troll-like noses, and they dance and sing when the pirating is going well. An attack on the ship by a hungry, reptilian sea monster gives Ned the chance to show how handy it is to have an extra-cozy knitted blanket on hand. Ned's stout commitment to knitting and his poise in the face of derision make him a thoroughly lovable hero. Ages 6 9. Author's agent: Brianne Johnson, Writers House. Illustrator's agency: Wernick & Pratt.