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The #1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Neil Gaiman, and acclaimed British artist Chris Riddell are celebrating the launch of their new picture book, PIRATE STEW, in a virtual event with us! Booklist called PIRATE STEW: "Highly enjoyable, with Gaiman’s silly, singsong verses the perfect ingredient for a raucous read-aloud. Riddell’s predictably fabulous illustrations are ablaze with color and detail."   Gaiman and Riddell will be in conversation with HOW TO BE A PIRATE author Isaac Fitzgerald. 

Tickets to the event include a copy of PIRATE STEW, a signed bookplate from the creators, and an exclusive link to access the event. 

Meet LONG JOHN McRON, SHIP'S COOK . . . and the most unusual babysitter you've ever seen.

Long John has a whole crew of wild pirates in tow, and—for one boy and his sister—he's about to transform a perfectly ordinary evening into a riotous adventure beneath a pirate moon. It's time to make some PIRATE STEW.

Marvelously silly and gloriously entertaining, this tale of pirates, flying ships, doughnut feasts and some rather magical stew is perfect for all pirates, both young and old.

With a deliciously rhyming text from master storyteller Neil Gaiman and spellbinding illustrations by the supremely talented Chris Riddell, this is the picture book of the year!

Pirate Stew! Pirate Stew!
Pirate Stew for me and you!
Pirate Stew, Pirate Stew
Eat it and you won't be blue
You can be a pirate too!

Neil Gaiman is the author of many highly acclaimed and award-winning books for children and adults, including the New York Times #1 bestselling and Newbery Medal–winning novel The Graveyard Book; the bestselling CoralineStardust; and the New York Times bestselling The Sleeper and the Spindle, illustrated by Chris Riddell. He is also the author of eleven picture books, including The Wolves in the Walls, illustrated by Dave McKean; Chu's Day, illustrated by Adam Rex; and Cinnamon, illustrated by Divya Srinivasan. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. Visit him online at

Chris Riddell is an acclaimed British artist and former UK Children's Laureate. He has written and illustrated many books of his own, including Ottoline and the Yellow Cat and Ottoline Goes to School, and has illustrated, for Bloomsbury UK, The Graveyard BookCoraline, and Fortunately, the Milk, as well as The Sleeper and the Spindle.

Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and was once given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. After making a bunch of cool things for the internet, he now writes books and lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Event date: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
How to Be a Pirate Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681197784
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - March 3rd, 2020

Signed Copies

Due to the nature of virtual events, signed copies may not always be available. Information about signed copies will be included in the event description.

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