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Pirate Girl Hardcover – June 1, 2005

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Kindergarten-Grade 2–Molly is sailing off to visit her grandmother when she is captured by ferocious Captain Firebeard and his cutthroat crew. Their intention is to hold her for ransom, but the stalwart girl refuses to divulge her parents' names and address despite endless chores and threats of being fed to the sharks. Instead, she waits until the pirates fall asleep and tosses messages tucked into bottles out to sea. Caught in the act, she is about to be thrown overboard when rescue arrives in the person of her mother, the pirate Barbarous Bertha. Firebeard and his crew must now take over Molly's chores, and she sails happily off to Grandma's house. While the plot is mildly amusing, it is also thin and predictable. If the intention was to make a feminist statement, the story falls short of the mark, unless the message is that girls, too, can be nasty bullies. Meyer's cartoon sketches resemble Quentin Blake's work, but some of the details are lost in the odd choice of a murky gray for skin tones. Funke's The Princess Knight (Scholastic, 2004) is a better choice for feminist fare, and David McPhail's Edward and the Pirates (Little, Brown, 1997) is a superior pirate story.–Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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K-Gr. 2. With this tale of a bonny lass kidnapped by pirates who live to regret their choice of victim, Funke and Meyer deliver a booster shot of the girl power they celebrated in The Princess Knight (2004). Afloat in a dinghy with a flowered sail and clad in sensible shorts and a T-shirt, redheaded Molly is snatched and held for ransom by Captain Firebeard, an infamous buccaneer who causes "the knees of honest seafaring folk [to] shake like jelly." But Molly remains unfazed, for she knows something Firebeard does not: her mom is Barbarous Bertha, queen of a crew of fierce maidens and matrons. The tale comes to an oddly abrupt conclusion, and the premise of a little girl alone on a ship of rum-guzzling male delinquents may cause some children and parents to wince. But Meyer's whimsical, color-soaked line-and-watercolor illustrations ensure that the captors appear more as burly dimwits than genuine threats, and the premise of a defiant kid duping a nasty adult through personal cleverness and parental heroism has universal appeal. Jennifer Mattson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Series: Pirate Girl
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439716721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439716727
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Powers on March 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A story with a plucky heroine who outwits the barbaric pirates. Pirate Girl is a much welcome pirate story with girls and women characters and appealing illustrations. Daughter loves it! Great to pair with When I Became a Pirate and to use in school to balance boy-heavy Pirate units. Makes a great read a loud for the K-2 set.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Quickhappy on February 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
As the father of two girls, I'm always glad to see a book that shows my girl that she can be powerful. Sadly, most of the messages she gets from popular culture teach her to objectify herself and buckle at the knees when a prince walks by. Pirate Girl offers a marvelous anecdote to the Barbie-nation. Pirate girl is a great protagonist, and she's backed up by a wonderful crew of women. The story is gripping and fun, and ends with love. My only reservation is that it comes close to endorsing violence--no need for that, even if it's coming from women for once. That caveat aside, this book is all about grrrl power, and that's a grrreat thing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Enzinas on November 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. My daughter (3 years old) and I cannot read this at bedtime because we get to wound up when Mommy comes in to save the kid-napped Pirate Girl.

I love the fact that the girl uses her brains to save herself.

A simply wonderful story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Micki Gibbs on May 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm sure we don't ONLY love this book because we have our own Pirate Molly! What fun - a precocious but adorable little girl, a funny story, and a hilarious twist in the end. The pictures are great, too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Heathershaw on January 3, 2007
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This is a Great book for everyone. Granddaughters, grandsons and the grandma's that read to them love it!

The story has a sense of humour that appeals the the reader and the listener and has some lessons to be learned too!
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By Linda Austin on February 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
Little Molly is captured by pirates who want to demand ransom from her parents. Molly won't tell who they are, but while working hard as punishment, she manages to alert her mother who comes sailing in much to the horror of the bumbling pirate men. This is a cute little girl-power story with amusing illustrations, but beware of talk about partying and drinking rum, which, of course, is what pirates do besides looting.
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Format: Hardcover
This confused me at first. I expected Molly, kidnapped by pirates, to stage some kind of escape, or at least sabotage the pirates' dinner! Instead she's simply unfazed by her captivity, and completely confident that it's all going to be just fine... because she knows something the pirates don't! The kind of book you appreciate so much at the end, you need to then re-read it once you're in on the joke. Well done!
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By Honey on October 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is the first picture book I've read in quite a while that made me laugh out loud. Who doesn't like it when the bad buys get it in the end? I loved the story line although the pictures were lacking. Great book to read aloud because it gives all kinds of ways to get creative with voices.
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