Stanley Wells has persuaded his parents to let him sleep in the old caravan in the garden; this allows him to escape from the mayhem created by the twins and the fate of his family when they mysteriously turn into trees.
Imagine his shock and amazement when he discovers the door to his home bared by vegetation and his parents gone. Added to this he discovers that there is a pirate with a brightly coloured parrot living in a shed that has suddenly appeared in the orchard. This is no ordinary pirate. He is land locked and desperate to get back to sea and plans to do so with the aid of some special powder that is to be delivered by mail order, unfortunately it goes missing.
Stanley enlists the help of his friend Dr Moon and his canine companion Morcambe to solve the mystery of his disappearing family.
Through observation and deduction in the best Sherlock Holmes tradition, Dr Moon deduces that the combination of the missing powder and the phrase squawked by … was what was creating and the pirate makes a confession.
Might be good as a bridging link if looking at fantasy novels. Were the reader is exposed to an existing world that has a few elements that are fantastical. This book makes use of traditional tales of pirates and magic.
Friendship. Sibling relationships.