From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2–Olive is excited about celebrating her seventh birthday party in pirate style, complete with cannons on her cake, swordfights, and buried treasure. Then elderly Aunt Tiffany suggests having the party at her house, and Olive fears that it will be a disaster. However, when she thinks about all of the fun and interesting times she and her aunt have shared, she accepts the offer. As the children arrive, a transformed Aunt Tiffany suddenly appears dressed as a pirate, flashing a blackened tooth and spewing out pirate lingo. The fun begins as they all turn the living room into a pirate galleon, troll for gold coins in the bath tub, and search for hidden treasure in the closets. Fans of No Ordinary Olive
(Little, Brown, 2002) will enjoy revisiting a somewhat calmer, but still energetic child. Once again, Tilley's watercolor-and-ink illustrations create the spirited environment of grade-school children. A heartwarming intergenerational story with something for pirate lovers as well.–Tracy Bell, Eastway Elementary School, Durham, NC
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PreS-Gr. 2. Construction projects shift Olive's seventh birthday celebration from home to elderly Aunt Tiffany's more elegant domicile. Although Olive initially worries that her plans for a boisterous pirate party won't transfer well to the new venue, she decides to trust her adoring aunt. On the day of the party, Olive's costumed classmates arrive at Aunt Tiffany's to find their hostess clothed in full captain's regalia and shouting in piratical fashion. Children listening to the story will vicariously enjoy the fun as the kids walk the plank in the living room, fish for gold coins in the bathtub, search for treasure in the closets, and devour a galleon-shaped cake. Intriguing details fill the lively ink-and-watercolor illustrations. The story has little conflict, just a bit of uneasiness that is quickly resolved, but it's all good fun for young buccaneer wannabes. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved