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Dirty Joe, the Pirate: A True Story Hardcover – May 13, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 910L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (May 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0066237807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0066237800
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—This book has everything to attract kids and tickle their funny bones—pirates, smelly socks, and, best of all, undies! In rollicking rhyme, Harley tells of a "cruel and evil man" who sails the seven seas with his crew, stealing dirty socks to hang proudly on the ship's rigging. But Dirty Joe meets his match when he comes upon Stinky Annie and her all-female crew, buccaneers who specialize in pilfering and displaying undergarments: "Boxers big and boxers small, with stripes and polka dots,/And tighty-whities hung there too, like the ones your grandpa's got." After a battle fought with swords, toasters, tennis rackets, and whatever else comes to hand, the barefoot women prevail and, in a heartfelt and humorous moment, Joe and Annie discover that they are siblings. That doesn't stop Annie from taking Joe's drawers, leading to a last-page bemoaning of the fact that older sisters hold a lifelong upper hand. Davis's balloon-headed, goofy characters are just right for the tale. The chaotic full-color pictures are jam-packed with pirates and dirty laundry. The crews, dressed in a hilarious mishmash of styles, will have readers poring over the pages to spot amusing details. Even kids who aren't pirate fans will be wooed and wowed by this rib-tickling tale.—Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI
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"Clever rhyming, plus illustrations filled with colorfully clad pirates and soiled laundry hoist the audience appeal here to the tiptop of the mast." Kirkus Reviews

"It's a funny read for would-be pirates - especially those with older sisters" The New York Post

"Brought to life by Bill Harley this read-aloud story is certain to be prized by budding buccaneers." parentsandkids.net

“This book has everything to attract kids and tickle their funny bones—pirates, smelly socks, and, best of all, undies!” (School Library Journal)

More About the Author


Born in Greenville, Ohio, Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy® award-winning artist who uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. Recipient of the lifetime achievement award from RI Council for the Humanities "for building community; promoting our common humanity; and encouraging lifelong learning, exploring and growing", Bill tours nationwide as an author, performing artist and keynote speaker.

Bill began singing and storytelling in 1975 while still in college. His work has influenced a generation of children, parents, performing artists and educators. Bill's songs are joyous, direct and honest, his stories are filled with the details of daily life - all told, written and sung from his slightly off-center point of view.

"Humor is my weapon," says Harley of his work. Award-winning books and recordings are filled with his trademark wit and wisdom. Dubbed "the Mark Twain of contemporary children's music" by Entertainment Weekly, his recordings have won numerous prestigious awards including NARAS (Grammy), Parents' Choice, Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio and NAPPA (National Parenting Publications). His books - both picture books and novels, have won similar recognition with awards from: Bank Street School of Education, Children's Choice Awards, Green Earth Book Award and pick of the list from ABA. His latest book, a new series, Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year is a Junior Library Guild selection. Kirkus reviews says of the book "In this series opener, Harley magically weaves the simple lesson that people, even teachers, can surprise you."

Appearing nationally in theaters, schools, libraries, festivals and conferences, as a workshop leader, keynote and inspirational speaker, Bill's work affirms our commonality and reminds us to laugh out loud. In the car, the classroom, at home or on stage, "Harley's witty ebullient performance will have listeners young and old laughing out loud." Publishers Weekly

Customer Reviews

So much fun to read out loud!
Deena R Saroyan
We rented this book from the library so many times that I decided to just buy it!
lisa camasta
It has a great rhythm to it and a fun storyline.
Mommy to 1 monkey

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jen Hicks on February 7, 2011
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This is a great kids pirate story! It rhymes and moves along very quickly - th epictures are great with lots of fun little details...and I love the Big Sister/Little Brother moral at the end. My three year old begs me to read and re-read this one over and over!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Russell on October 13, 2009
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We borrow this book from the library when my son was 2 years old and had to buy it because he loved it so much. It has a nice rhyme and rhyme to it and it just SO silly. He doesn't have an older sister but for anyone who does I would recommend it even more.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Library Lady on July 7, 2010
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AARRRRRR! Whether you are doing a pirate program for children or just love pirates, this story is the most fun ever! I am a children's library specialist and it is one of my absolute favorite stories to tell! What child wouldn't love a story about dirty socks and stolen underwear? Add in a pirate whose big sister gives him a rough time, and success is assured! This book has held my youthful audiences spellbound,and rolling with laughter, whether in a small group storytime or a huge program with 250 children--where I acted it out, with clotheslines full of socks and undies as props! And as one of the other reviewers pointed out, it's great from an early literacy point of view--not just print motivation, but great vocabulary too! So buy this book and hang on to yer tighty whities, mateys, for this be a rollicking good time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Savannah L. on September 24, 2009
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This is a delightful and very funny story line that rhymes in a great story telling way(I usually don't like books that rhyme but emphasis is on story instead of what words rhyme)-kids and parents will enjoys reading this story together! Be ready to read over and over with lots of giggles and laughs!!! One of the best books I've ordered-it is a jewel in any child's library!
Savanna
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mommy to 1 monkey on October 19, 2010
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This has quickly become our favorite book. I purchased it for my son after hearing the author Bill Harley recite it at the International Storytelling Festival. He is one of our favorite teller and the book is a good reflection of his style. It has a great rhythm to it and a fun storyline. It will be by our reading chair for a long time to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deena R Saroyan on May 27, 2014
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So much fun to read out loud! Very funny text, wonderful illustrations and a joy to read. Children and adults will both enjoy the experience. Again and again. And again. And if you're one of a brother/sister duo, you're in for a really good laugh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mom of picky baby on August 7, 2009
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This is a fun book! It has a rhyme so it is sing songy to read with adult entertainment yet what kid can't laugh about pirates fighting over dirty socks and underwear. This is one of my daughters favorites books (arrr).
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First I must start by saying that I love pirate books and I love silly books. This book is both. It is about a pirate who steals stinky socks from other ships. But one day he comes upon Stinky Annie who is a female pirate with an all female crew. She loves to steal stinky underwear. The two battle it out. I won't give the ending away.

I was okay with this book at first. I was hoping it would be about reforming Dirty Joe the Pirate because his ship stank so badly of dirty socks. But instead a new, even worse character is introduced. And I was disturbed about how she forces people to give her their underwear. This is something a bully would do. Is it okay because she is a girl pirate? What if she were male and forcing the females to give up their underwear? This behavior is NOT okay! Then the final message we receive on the last page is that big sisters are ALL bullies and boys have to put up with that. Sure, this book is all in good fun, but at whose expense?

The illustrations are wonderful, colorful and fun. The verses at times are forced: craft rhyming with laugh, swords with aboard. I wanted to like this book because of its sense of fun, but I could not like the bullying behavior.
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