The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate is a classroom favourite about a little man who has never seen the sea. The very respectable little man has a pirate as a mother; she encourages her son to ask his boss for a few weeks holiday so that they can visit the sea together. Along the way the pirate mother and her son meet a few characters that try to warn them from going to the seaside but once they get there it is as magical as the little man had imagined.
Margaret Mahy is one of my personal favourite authors as I too grew up reading her tales. Mahy is a classic Kiwi author and is well known by many adults and children for her imaginative stories.
The 1996 version of this story was republished with similar illustrations, so the characters still look like they did originally.
Title: The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate
Author: Margaret Mahy
Illustrator: Margaret Chamberlain
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand
Date of Publication: April 2017
Ages: Picture Books
Reviewer: Britt Masterson
Position: Primary School Teacher
School: Summerland Primary School, Auckland