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"A paean to grouchy Guses everywhere presented with pouty piratical aplomb." --Kirkus

The Grumpy Pirate

Co-author Artemis Roehrig
Illustrated by Ashlyn Anstee

Orchard Books/ Scholastic
June, 2020

ISBN 978-1-338-222975

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There is one grumpy pirate.
They call him Grumpy Gus.
He grunts and gripes and grouses,
and always makes a fuss.

Gus the grumpy pirate complains about everything -- ARRRRRGH!
The other pirates have had enough.

Can Grumpy Gus turn his frown upside down before the other pirates make him walk the plank?


The gentle, rhyming text doesn’t try for anything too complicated, and the same could be said for the book itself. The art is cartoony and appealing. It won’t take much searching for kids to recognize themselves (or their siblings) in Gus’ general poutiness (and a picture of him moaning while lying sprawled on the deck is sure to trigger many memories). While Gus presents white, the crew is multiracial and includes a child with a prosthetic leg and a crab with a hook. A paean to grouchy Guses everywhere presented with pouty piratical aplomb.

-- Kirkus
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Artemis Roehrig received her master’s degree in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Massachusetts. Her interest in sea creatures was sparked while working at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. She loves spending time at the ocean looking for sea creatures with her children. She is co-author of Are Pirates Polite? , Does a Fiddler Crab Fiddle? and Do Doodlebugs Doodle? and coming soon, Do Jellyfish Like Peanut Butter?

Visit her website at
Twitter: @artemisroehrig




ASHLYN ANSTEE grew up in a rainy city in Canada and then settled in a sunny city in the United States. She works as a story artist at JibJab/StoryBots, and in her spare time, makes tiny things out of paper. She writes, draws, illustrates, animates and is the creator of the books No, No, Gnome! and Are We There, Yeti?