Source: From Templar and Librarything Early Reviewers Program in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.
Series: The Jolley-Rogers #1
Publication Date: August 2, 2016
Ahoy, me hearties! Matilda and the Pirates Next Door return in a series of illustrated stories for young readers.
Every full moon, a mysterious ship is seen off the coast of Dull-on-Sea. Then, the next day, gold and jewelry are missing from homes, shops, and museums all over town. Matilda needs the Jolley-Rogers' help to investigate. Can Matilda and Jim Lad retrieve the stolen booty from the mysterious ship before the moon fades? Or will they end up stuck on board with a crew of ghostly pirates forever?
This book was so much fun. I think young readers are going to love it.
After receiving this book for review and reading the first few chapters, I realized that these characters seemed to know each other and there was not much back story there. I came to find that this series is the first in the middle grade series following a picture book that was also about these characters. I love that this author/ artist brought the characters to an older audience, maybe even ones that loved the picture books.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I liked that there was both a boy and girl character, I liked the pirates and the spookiness of the ghost ship, and I loved the overall plot. It was very well done. This book is even capped off with a wonderful pirate lingo vocab list in the back- which actually even helped me as an adult.
The characters were smart, creative, and strong and I really feel that young readers will get a kick out of this book, not to mention - the illustrations are spectacular! I really enjoyed this one.