They sailed the seas, pillaging and plundering, crammed into ships no longer than a train carriage. Worms ate the biscuits and munched on the ships' hulls. Life was hard for the bloodthirsty captain and crew, but if they survived the rancid and maggoty food, the fighting, the fevers and the malodorous mates with all body parts intact; if they avoided drowning, capture and swinging from the gallows, there was adventure and a fortune to be made. Discover the real and revolting stories of these robbers of the seas with this thrilling, no-holes-barred full-colour illustrated book.
A humorous and in-depth expose of the revolting habits and lifestyle of pirates, backed up by authentic historical detail.
About The Author Moira Butterfield has written children's books of all kinds, including non-fiction subjects from history, science, nature and art. She has been cited by the US Library of Congress for her non-fiction work. Added to this she has created award winning work for under-5s, books with novelty components, fiction, craft books, licensed character text and educational material. Moira is a regular blogger and tweeter on children's book matters, occasionally appearing at Literary Festivals to meet her young readers. Her work is listed on a number of independent online reader recommendation websites, and given top ratings by the general public. She loves to tackle subjects in a new way, and likes to laugh as well as learn, so the yucky world of pirates is a perfect subject for her! About the Illustrator Born and raised in Milan, Mauro started drawing at the age of two - he still hasn't stopped! He spent his high school years doodling in class, always getting into trouble, until he finally decided to join the Arte & Messaggio Illustration school in Milan. Published in the Annual Illustrators of Children's Books in 2002, Mauro then joined the Brera Art Academy to study painting. He is the co-founder of Totemic Studio and works as a freelance illustrator for the fashion, publishing and advertising industries. His work has been published by Edizioni Playpress, Tridimensional, Nicola Milano Editore, Gaia Edizioni, I Libri di Niccolo and EdiGio. He teaches drawing and painting and has taken part in several solo and collective painting exhibitions. Mauro has received several prizes for his work.