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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Cornelia Funke
Age Range: 6-8
Here is a picture book about feisty young heroines by international author,
Cornelia Funke. Molly has been kidnapped for a ransom by the ferocious Captain Firebeard and his crew aboard the Horrible Haddock, that rules the high seas. Molly is made to peel potatoes, clean boots, patch sails and scrub decks, but despite all this she won’t reveal who she is. Soon she proves to be sharper and quicker than any of the pirate gang and skilfully manages to outwit them. Before long, Firebeard must face the fury of Barbarous Bertha, Molly’s mother!
(Outside In: Children’s Books in Translation, Milet, 2005)