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The Pirates' Mixed-up Voyage (1983)

by Margaret Mahy

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My little guy and I really enjoyed this whimsical tale of tea shop pirates who set off on a grand adventure and get much more than they bargained for. Also, if you are a fan of clever alliteration, this book abounds with it, making for a lively and entertaining read-aloud experience.

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They continued doggedly with their reading lessons, for in times of stress a good book is often all the comfort you can reasonably expect to find.

"You love me?" the captain could hardly believe his ears, and Toad was actually seen to shake his out in sheer disbelief. "But how can it be? I am a pirate, a proud, unprincipled profligate, peppered with imperfections - possibly penitent but probably past praying for, and you are a detective inspector devoted to duty and decency, deferring to dignity and degree. How can we dare to hope for happiness together?"
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  nittnut | Apr 21, 2015 |
Most people writing a pirate story for children would be happy to come up with a pirate ship name as awesomely cool as The Sinful Sausage, but Margaret Mahy's just getting started. The Sinful Sausage, it transpires, was until very recently Ye Olde Pyratte Tea Shoppe - she's still got tables and sunshades bolted to her deck - and that's even before we get to her crew...

I first read this charming story when I was at school, and finding a copy of the same edition for 40p in a secondhand bookshop on my 31st birthday, I had to get it. It's just as delightful as I remembered - a 160-page romp full of pirates, orphans, witches, dragons, inventors, detectives and balloons. Oh, and pudding. Lots and lots of pudding. ( )
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Captain Wafer and the crew of the Sinful Sausage set sail for the Thousand Islands with a plot to kidnap a famous inventor, only to be thwarted by a witch, a firedrake, and the dastardly Dr. Silkweed.

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