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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, 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!


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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, 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!

30 review for Pirate Stew

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    A story so short, I had to listen twice Then I missed a word and had to listen thrice. A diverse crew This people stew So overall this was reasonably nice. 6 of 10 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alan Allis

    I see that I am one of the first people to review this since it just came out. So yeah, here we go. Neil Gaiman parts were bad, just bad, illustrations were ok, could be better, could be worse. Again, Gaiman proves that he is so incompetent at writing that he cannot even write a children's comic book. The end was unexpected - I liked it, and I liked all the pirates - the atmosphere and the vibe of the book are good, characters are not bad, but I just didn't like the book overall. In fact, I hated I see that I am one of the first people to review this since it just came out. So yeah, here we go. Neil Gaiman parts were bad, just bad, illustrations were ok, could be better, could be worse. Again, Gaiman proves that he is so incompetent at writing that he cannot even write a children's comic book. The end was unexpected - I liked it, and I liked all the pirates - the atmosphere and the vibe of the book are good, characters are not bad, but I just didn't like the book overall. In fact, I hated it. Why? Because, of course, Neil Gaiman can't write a rhyme. So please Gaiman, get back to writing Coraline, Stardust, Neverwhere, or whatever, I do not really care. 1.5 stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Resh (The Book Satchel)

    Such fun! A night when a group of unlikely babysitters — the ship's cook Long John McRon and his pirate gang arrive. The parents and thrilled; the kids — not so much. There is a magic stew, donuts, lots of rhyming, grownups being silly etc. I loved how it rhymes. The audiobook, narrated by Gaiman is perfect to listen to, even if you are an adult, as long as you love stories, and poems and rhymes. Much thanks to Bloomsbury. All opinions are my own. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Pinteres Such fun! A night when a group of unlikely babysitters — the ship's cook Long John McRon and his pirate gang arrive. The parents and thrilled; the kids — not so much. There is a magic stew, donuts, lots of rhyming, grownups being silly etc. I loved how it rhymes. The audiobook, narrated by Gaiman is perfect to listen to, even if you are an adult, as long as you love stories, and poems and rhymes. Much thanks to Bloomsbury. All opinions are my own. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest

  4. 4 out of 5

    Exitgirl05

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Nice little story written in a form of a poem. I just wish it was a little bit longer. But Neil Gaiman’s naration is superb!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nooshin Sh

    The main reason I'm giving this four stars instead of three is that I HAVE THE SIGNED EDITION! AAAAAAAH! P.S. it's so wonderfully inclusive in a non-arrogant way (if that makes any sense) and I loved it for that. The main reason I'm giving this four stars instead of three is that I HAVE THE SIGNED EDITION! AAAAAAAH! P.S. it's so wonderfully inclusive in a non-arrogant way (if that makes any sense) and I loved it for that.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    I think the rhyme scheme of this book was mostly a scheme to trip me up as I tried to read it aloud, but it was fun nonetheless with its predictable but satisfying ending. The pictures really carry the day.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Furniss

    4.5 stars A very enjoyable entertaining tale read by the author himself Neil Gaiman who is a natural storyteller and has a voice you could listen to forever!. The voices he is able to speak in are always good and in this instance really brought the pirate babysitters alive. The story itself could really fire little imaginations and the rhyme to it made it more fun. A short audio that I listened to in one gulp on my commute and left me smiling. My thanks go to the author, publisher and Netgalley in p 4.5 stars A very enjoyable entertaining tale read by the author himself Neil Gaiman who is a natural storyteller and has a voice you could listen to forever!. The voices he is able to speak in are always good and in this instance really brought the pirate babysitters alive. The story itself could really fire little imaginations and the rhyme to it made it more fun. A short audio that I listened to in one gulp on my commute and left me smiling. My thanks go to the author, publisher and Netgalley in providing this copy in return for my honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Sometimes, readers need fun, silly, colorful stories. Pirate Stew is stuffed full of catchy rhymes and light-hearted fun. I loved that the children recognized what would happen if they ate the stew – but the parents dove right in! If you are looking for lessons and seriousness, move along. Need a diversion? Start walking this plank! PS: Am I the only one who, when I love a book, looks at one-star reviews to see what their concerns are? I'm naturally curious to "hear" the other side ... and get ve Sometimes, readers need fun, silly, colorful stories. Pirate Stew is stuffed full of catchy rhymes and light-hearted fun. I loved that the children recognized what would happen if they ate the stew – but the parents dove right in! If you are looking for lessons and seriousness, move along. Need a diversion? Start walking this plank! PS: Am I the only one who, when I love a book, looks at one-star reviews to see what their concerns are? I'm naturally curious to "hear" the other side ... and get very disappointed when only one of the 400+ one-star reviews actually details what they didn't like! The rest? Star rating only.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    A pirate babysitter and his crew gate-crash a house and take the 2 children on a pirate adventure. You better think twice before eating anything a pirate cooks for you! This book was lots of fun and I absolutely loved Neil Gaiman's reading. A pirate babysitter and his crew gate-crash a house and take the 2 children on a pirate adventure. You better think twice before eating anything a pirate cooks for you! This book was lots of fun and I absolutely loved Neil Gaiman's reading.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    This was a very cute and fun short story. Young children would really love listening to this. In addition to bring a talented author, Neil Gaiman is an excellent narrator. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing with an ARC of this title. This was my honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    There's a difficulty when it comes to reviewing my thoughts on kids books in general (not just Neil's because obviously I'm a fan). Using Chu's Day as an example - when I read that the first time, I wasn't overly impressed. Having now read it upward of 200 times (and counting), it's a staple of our bedtime reading roster and my impression has changed. I understand the genius and the simplicity and the joy, all distilled through the mind of my 4 and 7 yr old. So, reading this as an almost 40 yr o There's a difficulty when it comes to reviewing my thoughts on kids books in general (not just Neil's because obviously I'm a fan). Using Chu's Day as an example - when I read that the first time, I wasn't overly impressed. Having now read it upward of 200 times (and counting), it's a staple of our bedtime reading roster and my impression has changed. I understand the genius and the simplicity and the joy, all distilled through the mind of my 4 and 7 yr old. So, reading this as an almost 40 yr old for the first time may make my impressions invalid. I think the concept is great and I love Riddle's illustrations, full of life, variety, colour and detail. Gaiman's poetry felt a little clunky in places but it does what it needs to do. But, fast forward to the 100th read... Saying that, I lucked out and picked up the signed copy (both Gaiman and Riddle) so there is a significant chance this is going to be hidden away where the grubby little monkeys can't reach it (unlike the torn, battered, crumpled, sellotaped copy of Chu's Day that is crammed into a shelf somewhere in the house).

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gobookmart

    Originally posted on Gobookmart Review : Pirate stew is an extremely fun and short book about what happens when two kids get a pirate as a sitter! ‘Privateer Stew’ is only ten minutes read and an extraordinary and senseless story with lots of fun rhyming. The story is told from the perspective of one of the two kids, a brother and sister who prefer not to be babysat when their parents are out for the evening. Yet, their parents have arranged a sitter, and when he shows up he looks and sounds f Originally posted on Gobookmart Review : Pirate stew is an extremely fun and short book about what happens when two kids get a pirate as a sitter! ‘Privateer Stew’ is only ten minutes read and an extraordinary and senseless story with lots of fun rhyming. The story is told from the perspective of one of the two kids, a brother and sister who prefer not to be babysat when their parents are out for the evening. Yet, their parents have arranged a sitter, and when he shows up he looks and sounds fascinating. Long John McRon, the boat’s cook, consoles the guardians that he’ll care for the children, yet when the guardians have left, many more pirate crew appear and it leads to many unusual things happening all around including the cooking of some pirate stew! This story was so amusing and I can envision youngsters enjoying this story over and over either before bed or whenever they like. Most lines of the story rhyme making it simple to enjoy and furthermore simple to remember. The story is a short one, just ten minutes long for the entire book, however it has an incredible experience of the odd night the children have with the pirates and has a good time and a little twist in the story toward the end as well. Neil Gaiman is just brilliant! This is the first occasion when I’ve heard him portraying a book and I need to state it truly added to the fun of the entire story. The pirates sounds very piratey with bunches of “Arrrghs” being heard all through the story. Furthermore, I love the additional extra “Arrghs” and fun way that the writer likewise peruses out the presentation and the details of creation, copyright and so on Pirate stew is a truly engaging short book which made me roar with laughter in specific parts and I can envision lots of youngsters will appreciate listening it time and again. It’s made me need to look at the actual physical copy of the book also to see the illustration, however as a book recording this truly is an incredible one to tune in to and one I suggest. Follow us on social media Google News Facebook Instagram Twitter

  13. 4 out of 5

    Strawberry

    This is a very fun and short audiobook all about what happens when two children get a pirate as a babysitter! ‘Pirate Stew’ is just ten minutes long and is a great and silly story with lots of fun rhyming. The audiobook is narrated by the author and this adds a lot to the overall fun feel of the tale. The story is told from the point of view of one of the two children, a brother and sister who don’t want to be babysat when their parents go out for the evening. But their parents have already arra This is a very fun and short audiobook all about what happens when two children get a pirate as a babysitter! ‘Pirate Stew’ is just ten minutes long and is a great and silly story with lots of fun rhyming. The audiobook is narrated by the author and this adds a lot to the overall fun feel of the tale. The story is told from the point of view of one of the two children, a brother and sister who don’t want to be babysat when their parents go out for the evening. But their parents have already arranged for a babysitter, and when he arrives he looks and sounds very interesting. Long John McRon, the ship’s cook, reassures the parents that he’ll look after the kids, but when the parents have left, more of the pirate crew show up and it leads to lots of strange things happening including the cooking of some pirate stew! This story was so fun to listen to and I can imagine children enjoying listening this story again and again either before bed or at any time really. Most lines of the story rhyme making it easy to enjoy this and also easy to remember. The story is a short one, only ten minutes in length for the whole book, but it’s got a great adventure of the strange night the kids have with the pirates and has a fun little twist at the end too. Neil Gaiman’s narration is just brilliant! This is the first time I’ve heard him narrating a book and I have to say it really added to the fun of the whole story. The pirates all sound very piratey with lots of “Arrrghs” being heard throughout the story. And I love the added extra “Arrghs” and fun way that the author also reads out the introduction and the details of production, copyright etc. This is a really entertaining short book which made me laugh out loud in certain parts and I can imagine lots of children will enjoy listening many times. It’s made me want to check out the physical copy of the book too to see the illustrations, but as an audiobook this really is a great one to listen to and one I recommend. -Thanks to Bloomsbury and NetGalley for a free copy for review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Jones

    *Disclaimer: I received this book in audiobook format for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When I saw that this was available on NetGalley, I just had to request it. I really enjoy Neil Gaiman’s books on audiobook because he usually narrates them himself. It’s a shame that I didn’t experience the story with Chris Riddell’s illustrations but his work is consistently impressive so I would love to pick up a physical copy. This is a quirky story about pirates babysitting a brother *Disclaimer: I received this book in audiobook format for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When I saw that this was available on NetGalley, I just had to request it. I really enjoy Neil Gaiman’s books on audiobook because he usually narrates them himself. It’s a shame that I didn’t experience the story with Chris Riddell’s illustrations but his work is consistently impressive so I would love to pick up a physical copy. This is a quirky story about pirates babysitting a brother and sister. It’s a short read at just 48 pages, or ten minutes on audiobook, but so enjoyable. I think if you have a young person in your life who loves pirates, this is something you should definitely pick up – I will be buying it for my son! 4 out of 5 stars!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karalee Coleman

    Well, hardly a book – more like a rather short epic poem. But it was published in book form, so I guess it counts. This is my Helmet Reading Challenge 2021 #44, because it does include a recipe. I usually steer clear of fiction that contains recipes, with the notable exception of Philip R. Craig’s Martha’s Vineyard mystery series. And I didn’t actually read the recipes in those books – they were just there. The audiobook is read by Neil Gaiman himself, in his Bedtime-For-The-Kids voice. Aaargh, m Well, hardly a book – more like a rather short epic poem. But it was published in book form, so I guess it counts. This is my Helmet Reading Challenge 2021 #44, because it does include a recipe. I usually steer clear of fiction that contains recipes, with the notable exception of Philip R. Craig’s Martha’s Vineyard mystery series. And I didn’t actually read the recipes in those books – they were just there. The audiobook is read by Neil Gaiman himself, in his Bedtime-For-The-Kids voice. Aaargh, matey!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Rooyen

    4 stars for the art, 3 for the story My last read for 2020! I loved the art, but the story was a little disappointing. Gaiman's other children's books have all had a strong theme or message in them, but this seemed to be just a bit of silliness - which is absolutely fine, but I wanted a little more. I also wasn't completely sold on the rhyming scheme in places. It probably flows better if read out loud. 4 stars for the art, 3 for the story My last read for 2020! I loved the art, but the story was a little disappointing. Gaiman's other children's books have all had a strong theme or message in them, but this seemed to be just a bit of silliness - which is absolutely fine, but I wanted a little more. I also wasn't completely sold on the rhyming scheme in places. It probably flows better if read out loud.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Vicky

    What a lovely picture book from Gaiman and Riddell! The illustrations took me back to the edge chronicles and I love Riddells imaginative portrayal of the pirates in this tale. The rhyming prose was easy and flowing and the silly tale will engage children everywhere. Really enjoyed this one!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    Great, GREAT artwork, with beautiful poetic text. Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell is a superior match.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Takeda

    I bought this for my great-nephew for Christmas. A fun tale, with a wide-ranging vocabulary and superb illustrations. .

  20. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I enjoyed this book. I am sure my grandchildren will as well ~ it's that kind of humor! I enjoy Chris Riddell illustrations! I enjoyed this book. I am sure my grandchildren will as well ~ it's that kind of humor! I enjoy Chris Riddell illustrations!

  21. 4 out of 5

    FanFiAddict

    Freaking love Gaiman, especially when he narrates his own works. And come on, Gaiman as a pirate is PURE GOLD, ME MATEYS! Thanks to Harper Audio for a review copy.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Darlene

    This is a fun story and the illustrations are top notch. Long John and his crew come to baby sit while Mom and Dad have a night out. The townhouse becomes a pirate ship and flys over the town and Mom and Dad become pirates. My 7 year old granddaughter loved reading it with me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    full review to follow

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    The rhyme scheme wasn't consistent and I didn't care for it. The rhyme scheme wasn't consistent and I didn't care for it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pam Page

    The fun rhyming of this book makes it just a delight to read aloud. Add the wild illustrations and this is a winning book for kids. There is also a bit of a surprise at the end!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chrys

    A new favourite from my absolute favourite collaboration - magically gorgeous illustrations paired with a brilliant and funny story. Perfection!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This was cute, but in a way I was kind of disappointed, given Gaiman's past work. The story didn't really stick out to me, but it definitely wasn't bad. This was cute, but in a way I was kind of disappointed, given Gaiman's past work. The story didn't really stick out to me, but it definitely wasn't bad.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nadine Jones

    I expected more from the Gaiman-Riddell duo. This was a dull retread of the Cat in the Hat, with charming illustrations and, of course, pirates ! It did not feel fun or witty and the words had no catchy rhythm.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy Howard

    This one needs MORE than 5 stars!! :)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Neil does a surprisingly fantastic pirate voice!

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