The peace of a fiercely independent lady, who lives on a jetty, is shattered one night by the invasion of a blustery and demanding pirate. But a wily sea dog is no match for this feisty female, and she refuses to let him in. Despite this, the pirate continues his demands, threatening to climb through the trapdoor that leads from the sea directly into the lady’s house. Kids will thrill to the knockabout sparring of the pair and love the unexpected denouement. For when the strong and noisy pirate exposes his vulnerable side, the woman finally softens – not so much because he is cold and wet but because he’s afraid of the dark, the old softie! Kids with their own worries will find comfort in the idea that a powerful grown-up can have secret fears, and they will be empowered by that knowledge.
The story, written some years ago and newly illustrated with richly painted, stylised images, has a slightly seventies feel though the portrayal of a strong female has equal resonance to young readers today. And the message that the power of love can drive away all fears is well developed.