books Ned the Knitting Pirate Author Diana Murray –

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 A Delightfully Salty Tale About A Pirate Boy Whose Love For Yarn And Appliqu 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

10 thoughts on “Ned the Knitting Pirate

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    I received a copy of this title from PanMacmillan Australia for review.Ten Second Synopsis Ned likes to knit while on breaks from his job as a pirate Will the other pirates ever agree that knitting is a piratey thing to do If you re looking for a pirate tale with a difference in a picture book market that is saturated with piratey titles, then look no further than Ned and his two pointy sticks Ned is a delightful young pirate who is perfectly content to be who he is, despite the fact that his love of knitting seems to rub his shipmates up the wrong way In every pirate situation finding treasure, drinking rum, swabbing the deck, belching Ned finds time to pick up the needles and get crafting Even though his shipmates are keen to undervalue Ned s hobby at every opportunity, even they can t deny that Ned s knitting might come in handy when traditional methods of frightening off sea monsters have failed.The book is written in a bouncy, jaunty rhythm with rhyming text, so it s perfect for reading aloud to your little landlubbers There s also a repeated refrain in the form of a pirate song that will allow adventurous readers to join in lustily with a harmless sea shanty The illustrations are appropriately fluid, featuring a palette of mostly cool, ocean colours.I did find it a bit strange that Ned s knitting was shunned by the pirates when sailors of that vintage would have been experts with a thread and needle Given that it was essential for sailors to be able to repair torn canvas sails and sew their own clothes and hammocks, it wouldn t seem to be too far a stretch for some sailors to have a good knowledge of yarn related crafts also.But I suspect I m overthinking things here.Especially when you consider that it would be hard to knit when you ve only got a hook for a hand.Practicalities aside, this is a fun and quirky addition to the pirate kidlit subgenre with a subtly subversive message about being true to oneself even when those around you can t see the value in your passions.

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    Rhyming text tells the story of Ned, a pirate whose habits subvert the stereotype of what pirates do While the rest of the swarthy pirate crew swab the decks and engage in various activities associated with pirates, Ned wears a woolly hat and knits The author sprinkles in clever phrases with word play The crew was all in stitches, but the captain s nerves were frayed unpaged as the story moves to its conclusion Fed up with all that knitting, the captain insists that Ned put in all away He does so reluctantly, and then later uses his knitted blanket as ammunition against a fierce beast from the ocean s depths So soft, so warm and so cozy is the material that the creature leaves the ship to its own devices and settles down for a long nap on the ocean floor Naturally, Ned takes up his needles once again, free to knit to his heart s content The message of being true to yourself and doing what you enjoy no matter what others around you have to say is strong here It s great to see a pirate and a boy at that knitting Who knows but that Ned s example might not have other pirates knitting and purling a stick or two I was charmed by the story than the illustrations that seemed drenched with too much details and appeared subtle than I would expect with a story revolving around pirates.

  3. says:

    This is a cute picture book with fun rhyming text that tells the story of a young pirate who loves to knit, even though everyone around him makes fun of him and he gets in trouble with his captain for it The message that it s okay to do your own thing is told with a fun pirate story that has adventure, buried treasure, and a dangerous monster This would be fun to read aloud with a pirate accent

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    Ned loves to knit He is the only pirate who does Even the Captain thinks its a waste of time That is until Ned s knitting skills come in handy This book is wonderfully illustrated, and told in sing song rhyme I like that it show males doing a traditionally female activity Knitting is an art, not a stereotype.

  5. says:

    Reading the pirates chorus to the tune of sea shanties makes this all the amusing.This book was relevant to my interests as an aspiring knitter to encourage that one day I, too, may be able to knit a blanket for sea monsters.

  6. says:

    This is a humorous rhyming tale about pirates, being true to yourself, and, of course, knitting It also depicts some bullying behavior, which may serve well to start a conversation The narrative is very silly and the illustrations are colorful and cartoonish, appearing to combine the use of pencil sketches, charcoal and or crayon, and watercolors The pause at the end of each song s refrain before finishing with the word knit, is likely to inspire children to interact with the story and shout out loud the answer On the other hand, it may also inspire them to say other words that rhyme with knit, quit, grit, and bit like spit or perhaps something a bit crude So I would recommend being aware of how rowdy any audience can potentially become and maybe reserve this book for the preschool set Overall, it s an entertaining tale that I expect will work well when reading aloud with a group of children.

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    A scurvy pirate doesn t knit, nor wear a fuzzy hat But Ned does, much to the chagrin of his captain Finally, the captain has had enough and says if Ned knits any, he ll have to walk the plank But just as things look hopeless for Ned, a briny ocean beast attacks the ship His tentacles were thick with slime, his eyes a ghastly yellow, and cannonballs bounced off his sides as if his skin was Jell O Thankfully, Ned knitted that big blanket who knew that would save the day A fun addition to the Talk Like a Pirate Day collection The students will be singing along with the pirate song.

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    A pirate unlike any other, Ned is truly his own buccaneer While his fellow swashbucklers sing of sailing the seas and of how tough they are, Ned chimes in with his enjoyment of knitting as a pastime This causes much consternation among his crewmates and enrages his captain Luckily, Ned s skills as a knitter save the ship and help change their minds about the value of his hobby The rhyming lines in the story beg for storytime read alouds, especially if they are pirate themed This is a great addition for most library collections.

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    Ned knits No other pirate thinks knitting is okay, but, of course, they are all wrong Ned s knitting turns out to be exactly what they need to save them in their moment of greatest need Told in rhyming verse, this is very well written, charmingly illustrated book It teaches the lesson that we should celebrate our differences rather than try to squash them Very enjoyable, with read aloud quality.

  10. says:

    I had high hopes for this book as a knitter who embraces Speak like a Pirate Day each September Most of the text rhymes, but the rhythm wasn t quite right and the illustrations were nice but too subdued to keep the eye of my young audience.