Duddle’s rhymes have the buoyant, singsong quality of a sea shanty… he does an excellent job of exaggerating the pirates’ slightly menacing yet silly appearance and the concerned glances and raised eyebrows of the unwelcoming community.
A jolly good tale for one-on-one sharing.
—School Library Journal
Veiled in humor, but hard not to read as a parable that tweaks narrow minds and parochial attitudes.
The digital art features slightly exaggerated figures that could easily have stepped out of an animated film… The real fun comes in the contrast between the visual minutiae of the pirate family and the depiction of the “normal” people. It’s in no way subtle, but pirate-wannabes won’t bat an eye patch.
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Duddle has written a delightful story sure to entertain all pirate lovers!
—Library Media Connection (highly recommended)
We’ve all wanted to run off and be pirates sailing the seven seas and shouting "Argh" at people, but how many of us have had pirates move in next door? Matilda has.
—Huffington Post Parents blog