Include two tales: "The Great Piratical Rumbustification" introduces us to Alpha, Oliver, and Omega Terrapin, alone for an evening of devilish fun and none other than Orpheus Clinker, a reformed pirate cleverly transformed into a respectable babysitter. Or has he reformed?; and "The Librarian and the Robbers" is a tale of a band of wicked robbers.
Wild and wonderful, these stories will appeal to all readers of fine children's literature, and Blake's illustrations, full of spirit and exuberance, are the perfect accompaniment of Mahy's vigorous tales. "The Great Piratical Rumbustification" introduces us to Alpha, Oliver, and Omega Terrapin, alone for an evening of devilish fun and none other than Orpheus Clinker, a reformed pirate cleverly transformed into a respectable babysitter. Or has he reformed? Before you can say "Yo Ho Ho" the Terrapin household has become headquarters of the century's biggest pirate party. "The Librarian and the Robbers" is an equally tickling tale of a band of wicked robbers who one day carry off Serena Leburnum, a beautiful librarian. Follow what happens as the lovely and learned Miss L. not only outwits the robbers, turning them into outstanding citizens, but also teaches them the everlasting pleasures of the Dewey Decimal System.
-->Margaret Mahy has lived in New Zealand her entire life.? A former children's librarian, she decided to become a full-time writer in 1980. From picture books to YA novels, the age groups for which she writes vary as much as the characters in her stories. She won the British Library Association's Carnegie medal for -->The Haunting" and -->The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance." She has also written such books as -->Alchemy "and -->Maddigan's Fantasia. "An author whose books have received many accolades and praise around the world, Mahy was awarded the Order of New Zealand, the highest honor
Two books worth of story crammed into 63 magical pages. No impossibly articulate child protagonists with clearly defined goals or desires, no rhyme or reason, just a pair of stories cut from the same cloth as books by Willaim Stieg and Roald Dahl. -- David Elzey "The Excelsior File"
In these two stories the protagonists have mischievous fun with a former pirate and a band of robbers.