Grandma and the Pirates


28 pages
Contains Illustrations
ISBN 0-590-73220-X
DDC jC813'.54





Reviewed by Jean Free

Jean Free, a library consultant, was an elementary-school teacher and
librarian in Whitby, Ontario.


Grandma and Oliver the parrot, along with the delicious noodles and
other food in Grandma’s cupboard, are kidnapped by a shipload of
hungry pirates. Melissa comes to the rescue, and the three manage to
trick the mean and nasty crew into letting them sail home, leaving the
pirates marooned on the far-off island of Boola Boola.

Gilman, a talented Toronto author-illustrator, is well known for her
generous visits to schools and public libraries, where adoring young
fans participate in her book readings. Grandma and the Pirates continues
in the beautiful tradition of her earlier works, filled with exquisite
detail, imaginative and humorous drawings and language, chants, and
amusing adventures. It is certain to become a classic for young Canadian
children, and a favorite gift from grandmothers. It is also an excellent
story for dramatization or storytelling. A first choice for personal
collections as well as school and public libraries.


Gilman, Phoebe., “Grandma and the Pirates,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 22, 2024,