Space Pirates: Stowaway!
When Sam's parents are stranded on Planet X, he bravely asks his neighbours, the notorious Space Pirates, to help rescue them. But they'd rather carry on bowling and singing space-shanties, so Sam has no choice but to hide in a barrel of alien slime and stowaway! A fast-paced, funny series with gags galore, this is a chase through space that will have you cackling from start to finish!
Jim Ladd is sadly not a real person, although there is a real author behind the Space Pirates series. If Jim did exist, we like to think that he'd live on an island with sharks swimming round it, writing on an old typewriter and wearing cut-off trousers with raggedy edges. He'd have a big beard and a telescope so he could keep an eye out for UFOs.