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The Great Treasure Hunt

Book #4 of Pocket Pirates
Illustrated by Chris Mould

A band of tiny swashbucklers learn that treasure hunting is risky business in this epic conclusion of a chapter book series about pocket-sized pirates!

The Pocket Pirates have left the safety of their shelf to search for gold…but dangers await them. The skirting-board mice are on the prowl, and the shopkeeper has an unwelcome surprise in store! Will they find the treasure they seek…or return to their ship-in-a-bottle empty-handed?

The Great Treasure Hunt


A black beetle clung tightly to the back of Button the cabin boy. Button gasped and puffed as its hook-like feet buried themselves into his sides and shoulders. His hands gripped the shoelace hard, but he made the mistake of looking down and felt sick. It was a long way.

“Just a bit further,” he grunted.

Finally he grasped the edge of the shelf and pulled himself up with all his might, his arms burning. He lay flat, breathing heavily.

After a moment he got to his knees and pulled the beetle from his shoulder. It scurried off into a corner, receiving a warm welcome from its family. They darted around Button’s legs, clicking excitedly.

“There you go,” he said. “Make sure you don’t let your little ones wander too near the edge next time.” And the beetles scampered off, click-click-clicking their thanks.

“Ah, you’re such a good friend to the animals, Button. Well done.” It was Button’s shipmate Lily, back from a morning stroll.

Chris Mould was born in Bradford, England, and has lived and worked there all his life. He began drawing at a very early age and hasn’t stopped since. He trained in art college for six years altogether starting in Dewsbury College and moving to Leeds, during which time he gained a joint honours degree in graphic design and illustration.

Chris Mould was born in Bradford, England, and has lived and worked there all his life. He began drawing at a very early age and hasn’t stopped since. He trained in art college for six years altogether starting in Dewsbury College and moving to Leeds, during which time he gained a joint honours degree in graphic design and illustration.

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