I don't really know where to start writing a review for Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists. When I was sent a review copy I have to admit that the cover didn't really catch my attention, in fact I doubt I'd have picked it up if I hadn't realised that the book is the inspiration for the new Aardman animation. As soon as I saw the movie trailer I knew that I had to read the book and I'm really glad that I did.
What other book are you going to find that includes pirates, Charles Darwin, the elephant man, a man-panzee and a dodgy Bishop? The Pirate Captain and his loyal crew are getting a bit bored of sitting around enjoying their spoils and are looking for a new adventure. They get a little more than they bargained for when they raid a boat full of scientists and end up agreeing to help Charles Darwin. In an adventure that takes them from the Galapagos Islands to the heart of London they must try to foil the plans of the devious Bishop and if they're lucky figure out who is behind the spate of murders before one of their own becomes the latest victim.
Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists is a completely crazy but laugh out loud funny read. You'll have no hope of figuring out where the plot will take you next as it wanders off in completely unexpected directions. Amusing, fun and light hearted this book doesn't take itself seriously and at under 200 pages can easily be read in a couple of hours. I'm looking forward to my next adventure with the Pirate Captain and his crew!