An Amazon Best Book of the Month
"Not every traditional childhood play scenario stands the test of time, but this delightful book shows the awesome flexibility of pirates."
"Murray has great fun with her tale, which is perfect for reading aloud. (...) Ned can be viewed as a bender of gender stereotypes with great appeal to all. (...) Cast on and cast off for a great yarn!"
"Writing verse that hits every metrical accent with a rousing beat is no easy task, but Murray (City Shapes) crafts her rhymes as conscientiously as Ned works on his knitting. (...) A thoroughly lovable hero."
"A great read-aloud for pirate-themed storytimes, and, by tale's end, listeners will join in on the refrain."
"The rhymed narration is a pleasure, and the pluckiest readers-aloud will supply a tune (or at least some serious foot stomping) for the pirates’ songs."
Ned the Knitting Pirate
by Diana Murray
illustrated by Leslie Lammle
Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan, August 2016
The crew of the pirate ship the "Rusty Heap" are a fearsome bunch They're tougher than gristle and barnacle grit. They heave and they ho and they swab and they . . . knit?
Well, one of them does, at least Unfortunately for Ned, his knitting doesn't go over well with the captain and crew. They urge him to hide his hobby and strive to be scurvier, like pirates should be. But when the briny ocean beast shows up to feast on the Rusty Heap and its crew, maybe Ned's knitting is just the ticket to save the day!
From author Diana Murray and illustrator Leslie Lammle comes the delightfully salty tale of "Ned the Knitting Pirate," a boy whose love for yarn and applique just doesn't quite let him fit in, but makes him stand out in the best way, instead. With their appealing angle on individuality, Murray's hilarious characters and Lammle's bright illustrations are sure to win over even the most reluctant landlubber.