Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell Team up for Children’s Book ‘Pirate Stew’

Originally written on a scrap of paper by Niel Gaiman over 10 years ago, Pirate Stew has been dusted off and is set to be published as a new children’s book, with illustrations from Chris Riddell, who has previously worked with Gaiman on titles such as The Graveyard Book and Coraline. Pirate Stew is described as being for “anyone of any age who likes pirates, cooking, swashbuckling and/or doughnuts.”

Set to be released this October, Gaiman discussed the upcoming book, saying: “Pirate Stew began in early 2009, when I scribbled a handful of lines of a poem about the sorts of ingredients that would go into a Pirate Stew down on a scrap of paper. I kept the scrap of paper in my wallet as the years went by, and would look at it and feel guilty. And then my son was two, and I thought I should write a book I can read to him when he’s older. I remembered the scrap of paper, and knew that it was time to tell that story.”

As The Guardian reports, Gaiman described Pirate Stew as a “most piratical adventure,” and it follows a young boy and his sister who find them,selves on “a riotous adventure beneath a pirate moon” along with Long John McRon, “Ship’s Cook … and the most unusual babysitter you’ve ever seen.”

Speaking of the book, Riddell said: “What a pleasure it has been setting sail with Captain Gaiman on another of his amazing voyages. I loved assembling a pirate crew and enlisting some old friends from our previous adventure Fortunately, the Milk.”

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