The Blackbird Pirate

Children & Young Adult, Children's Books, Children's Books Age 8+, Bestseller, Bestseller Children's Book /YA

“I’m not a crow, and I’m no rook either. I’m a mynah bird and my name is Padde.”



He’s witty and clever; he can roar like a tiger and swear like a sailor. The wily bird has travelled all the way from the Indian jungle to Hamburg. In Schulte’s pet shop, a little girl names him the 'Pirate Blackbird' because of the yellow stripe on his head—but she’s not allowed to keep him and he scares off any lady who might want to buy him with his obscene language and offensive behaviour.




• Children’s books by the author have been sold to 8 countries
• With illustrations by Axel Scheffler

Uwe Timm

Uwe Timm was born in Hamburg in 1940. After apprenticing as a furrier and completing an academic degree in philosophy in Munich and Paris, Timm published his first poems in 1971. Since that time, he has become one of Germany’s most successful contemporary authors. He established himself as a children’s book author with the publication of Rennschwein Rudi Rüssel. The father of four, Timm now divides his time between Munich and Berlin.

Axel Scheffler

Axel Scheffler is one of the world’s most successful children’s book illustrators. He was born in Hamburg in 1957, and has worked as a freelance illustrator in London since completing his studies at the Bath Academy of Art. His books’ unmistakable, humorous drawings are loved around the world. With The Gruffalo, published with author Julia Donaldson, he created a work now acknowledged as a modern children’s classic. Axel Scheffler lives with his family in London.

The Blackbird Pirate

“I’m not a crow, and I’m no rook either. I’m a mynah bird and my name is Padde.”



He’s witty and clever; he can roar like a tiger and swear like a sailor. The wily bird has travelled all the way from the Indian jungle to Hamburg. In Schulte’s pet shop, a little girl names him the 'Pirate Blackbird' because of the yellow stripe on his head—but she’s not allowed to keep him and he scares off any lady who might want to buy him with his obscene language and offensive behaviour.




• Children’s books by the author have been sold to 8 countries
• With illustrations by Axel Scheffler

Bibliographic Data
112 pages, ISBN: 978-3-423-71672-7
First published 2016