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Book Title: The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate|
The author of the book: Margaret Mahy
ISBN 13: 9780140554304
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Edition: Puffin Books
Date of issue: April 1st 1996
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A wonderful book. A timid little man who works in an office lives with his exuberant, former pirate mother, who longs to return to the sea. The little man begs two weeks off from his boss, buttons his brown suit, ties his brown shoes and they set off. Since they have no money, the little man transports his mother in a wheelbarrow with a kite tied to it. Along the way they meet various characters who try to put the little man off the sea, but he begins to hear a song at the back of his head, which he believes is the sea. His mother lovingly tells him of the beauty of the sea, and by the time they have got to the shore his buttons have popped off his suit. Finally, they arrive, and the little man and his pirate mother dance with joy on the sand. There they meet a pirate captain and join his ship.
I adore Margaret Mahy. Her picture books have a beautiful poetry to them; they are ambiguous and she is ambitious for her readers. She resists pointing a trite moral; she explicitly tells readers to go to the sea to find their own message to the story. However what I take from this book is that sometimes, it is good for the most buttoned up of us to have an adventure and dance hippy-hoppy-happy hornpipes on the sea shore.
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Read information about the authorMargaret Mahy was a well-known New Zealand author of children's and young adult books. While the plots of many of her books have strong supernatural elements, her writing concentrates on the themes of human relationships and growing up.
Her books The Haunting and The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance both received the Carnegie Medal of the British Library Association. There have 100 children's books, 40 novels, and 20 collections of her stories published. Among her children's books, A Lion in the Meadow and The Seven Chinese Brothers and The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate are considered national classics. Her novels have been translated into German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Italian, Japanese, Catalan and Afrikaans. In addition, some stories have been translated into Russian, Chinese and Icelandic.
For her contributions to children's literature she was made a member of the Order of New Zealand. The Margaret Mahy Medal Award was established by the New Zealand Children's Book Foundation in 1991 to provide recognition of excellence in children's literature, publishing and literacy in New Zealand. In 2006 she was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award (known as the Little Nobel Prize) in recognition of a "lasting contribution to children's literature".
Margaret Mahy died on 23 July 2012.
On 29 April 2013, New Zealand’s top honour for children’s books was renamed the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award.
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