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The Fierce Little Woman and the Wicked Pirate

Author: Joy Cowley

Illustrator: Sarah Davis

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Synopsis: The fierce little woman lived in a house at the end of a jetty.

She knitted socks in blue and green wool, to sell to sailors who had got their feet wet. But when there were no ships at her jetty, she was quite alone.

One stormy day, a pirate came to the house on the jetty. He stood on his toes, and starting tap-tap-tapping on the window…
'50 Best Children's Books of 2010', NZ Listener, December 2010
...Veteran storyteller Joy Cowley sees her out-of-print The Fierc...
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Story Time Books for Kids, October 2010
This is another Joy Cowley story, from 1984, now with brand new ...
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Magpies magazine, November 2010
A self contained, determined woman living contentedly, if not hap...
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Christchurch City Libraries blog, December 2010
A newly illustrated edition of one of Joy Cowley’s most loved pic...
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Author Joy Cowley
‘I’m in love with this book! Everything about it is utterly beaut...
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Tomorrow's Schools Today, October 2010
This is the delightfully entertaining story of a fierce little wo...
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Bay of Plenty Times, November 2010
Joy Cowley was this year’s recipient of the Prime Minister’s Awar...
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The Weekend Sun, October 2010
The star of the story is a self-sufficient young woman who manage...
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Around the Bookshops, November 2010
A wonderfully warm story in which both the pirate and the fierce ...
Read more, December 2010
Newly illustrated by Sarah Davis with intricate and imaginative d...
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'Books for Christmas Giving', Storylines, November 2010
Originally published as an educational reader in 1984, it is wond...
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Page & Blackmore Booksellers, December 2010
In this new, brilliantly illustrated edition of Joy Cowley's stor...
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Wairarapa News, November 2010
This little Joy Cowley gem is a lovely tale of perseverance and a...
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Parents in Touch UK, December 2010
This is a really unusual book with stunning illustrations by Sara...
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Swings & Roundabouts, December 2010
A story for children who like stories to have happy predictable e...
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Canvas magazine, NZ Herald, November 2010
First published in 1984, this delightful tale has been given a ne...
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NSW Association for Gifted & Talented Children, February 2011
‘The fierce little woman lived in a house at the end of a jetty. ...
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National Library, Create Readers Blog, February 2011
This re-vamping of Joy Cowley’s 1984 reader, with superb new illu...
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Burnie Advocate, March 2011
This is a happy-ever-after tale about an unlikely couple. The fie...
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Brisbane's Child, April 2011
This is a newly illustrated edition of a picture book that was or...
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Kids' Book Review blog, April 2011
A fierce, red-headed little woman lives on a house on the end of ...
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Good Reading (Australia), May 2011
It's not often you have a love story between a fierce little wom...
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 Country of origin New Zealand
 Age 3+
 Size 40pp, 230mm x 240 mm
 ISBN 978-1-877467-50-0 Paperback
978-1-877467-41-7 Hardback
 Published by Gecko Press in October 2010
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A Classic! -

Anna    Wed Dec 7, 2011

I love this book! It was one of my childhood favourites; I remember the amazing way it captured my imagination with the story of the house sitting magically upon the sea, and the thrill of its trapdoor: a connection to the wild sea, and frightening pirate below. I have enjoyed introducing it to my 3-year-old daughter, who loves it too, and appreciating the beautiful way the story has been recaptured in new illustrations, on good quality paper and binding. Also, reading it as an adult, I have been impressed by the book's humour; its strong, fiesty female (and male) protagonists; and what I interpret to be the underlying message -- "do not judge a book by its cover" -- pirates are not always wicked, sometimes they are just lonely, and fierce little women may just need someone to love.

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