Avast, me hearties! A new children’s book by Neil Gaiman, with illustrations by Chris Riddell, will soon be on the way.
Described as “a most piratical adventure,” ‘Pirate Stew,’ is about a boy and his sister who go on adventures on the high seas with “the most unusual babysitter you’ve ever seen.”
This is much different to his other and older children’s books, namely the very creepy and eerie ‘Coraline,’ and ‘The Graveyard Book,’ so young readers will be able to read Gaiman’s work without being terrified. The idea came to Gaiman in 2009, when he wrote down ingredients for a Pirate Stew, figuring out years later that he should write about it.
“Pirate Stew began in early 2009, when I scribbled a handful of lines of a poem about the sorts of ingredients that would go into a Pirate Stew down on a scrap of paper,” said Gaiman.
I kept the scrap of paper in my wallet as the years went by, and would look at it and feel guilty. And then my son was two, and I thought I should write a book I can read to him when he’s older. I remembered the scrap of paper, and knew that it was time to tell that story.
This book will be for “anyone of any age who likes pirates, cooking, swashbuckling and/or doughnuts.”