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PG 13 content, Not appropriate for younger readers.
on January 26, 2014
This young reader book was shelved in next to books in the 7-9 age reader group, including such popular favorites as Magic Tree House, Junie B Jones, and Captain Underpants. I purchased 2 of the Time Warp Trio books, including The Not So Jolly Roger for my young boy reader. I was forced to write to the publisher to complain regarding the PG13 content in this book, which my son brought to me and said "This pirate shot the prisoners in the back and was drinking something". I had not pre-read the books because they were shelved with all the other great reading materials for youngsters, but I had looked on the cover and saw the 7+ age range. I had thumbed through the book and thought it looked designed for younger boys and that my son might enjoy reading something different. It appeared to be a more boyish tree house style of time travel for the same age group. I understand the nature of this particular book is a nasty pirate and that some boy readers might like content a little more edgy to keep their interest. But this book went unnecessarily into content well beyond the 7-9 age range.
Here are descriptions and quotes from the book, you be the judge:
cartoon picture showing two dead prisoners falling into their grave, pg 15.
alcohol: “tot o rum” and prisoners drinking on page 14.
murder: “while the two prisoners were lowering the chest, the pirate pulled out two pistols and shot them both.” pg 15.
murder victims: “The bodies and chest fell to the bottom of the hole with an ugly thud. The ugly crazy pirate laughed and started croaking another song as he kicked sand in the grave”.
curse words: “Damnation and hellfire” on pg 18.
threats of violence from murdering character: “if I thought that, I’d have to kill
you right now” pg 22
more murder: “a blindfolded man fell past us. He landed with a splash and disappeared beneath the waves.” pg 26
threat of violence form murdering character: “I’ll have to cut off some heads” pg 26
curse word: “hell” pg. 39
mention of capitol punishment: “we’d be swinging from a noose in a minute” pg 44
alcohol: “took another swig from his bottle of rum” pg 47
threat of death from murdering character “stand by your grave with your thieving mates and say
goodbye (taking place in same place where the prisoners were shot and buried)” pg 51
decapitated body humor: “lost his head...Blackbeard’s headless body defiantly swam around...” pg.55