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Pirate Pete Hardcover – May 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810943565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810943568
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ages 5-8. Gold puts the twinkle in Pirate Pete's eye, and where there's gold, he's a-goin'. After stealing a treasure map from the queen, Pete and his parrot set sail for Mermaid Island. Unfortunately, they are sidetracked by the possibilities of gold elsewhere. Nothing pans out until a baby dragon, hatched from the golden egg Pete steals from Dragon Island, sets the ship afire, causing it to sink conveniently near Mermaid Island. It's there Pete finally finds a treasure--only to be caught by the angry queen, who seizes the booty and leaves Pete and his parrot marooned. Lucky for Pete and Parrot, she forgets to take the rowboat, which Pete points toward the sunset, "where the ocean glistened like a thousand coins of gold." The appealing, richly colored, cartoonlike paintings have a robust, sculpted look, derived from Kennedy's use of clay models that allowed him to visualize the characters and their movements. Particularly inventive is the first view of each stop along the journey, which is presented in a circular illustration set against a black background, as if seen through a telescope. Julie Cummins
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I read this to my 2 and 3 year old Grandsons.
Geri Wiebusch
Pirate Pete's foiled plans and island adventures make him just as lovable as the Kennedy's darling Mr. Bumble.
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The illustrations are wonderful, colorful, and inspiring.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By E. Rothstein VINE VOICE on August 15, 2002
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Shiver me timbers! This be as fine a book as I've seen in many a year. My three year old daughter loves this book almost as much as I do. The story is witty, arch enough for a grown-up, but simple enough for children from 3-30 to love. And the gorgeous illustrations - taking Pirate Pete and his harried parrot from Candy Island to Dragon Island, to the treasure bearing Mermaid Island are an utter delight. This is a rarity in children's books - a tale that is as fun for adults as it is for kids, and one which stands the test of multiple (often nightly) readings. Arrr! Be quick with your pen Kim and Doug - there be gold in them thar pages!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By microjoe TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 9, 2005
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I enjoy this pirate tale as much as my son enjoys having me read it to him every night. The story is humerous and full of suprises with more text in it's 40 pages than your average picturebook. The illustrations are wonderful, colorful, and inspiring. Pirate Pete and his poor parrot travel from Candy Island, to Dragon Island, to Mermaid Island looking for treasure to plunder. The way the art is presented is witty and different. The suprise ending is a big hit with kids. Buy this one if you like pirate tales for kids, you won't regret it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My sons love pirates, so I've started a pirate book collection. PIRATE PETE is their favorite book; it's easy for them to follow along, and its refrain is a blast. The story has a great twist to the ending, which made it all the more fun. The illustrations are packed with all sorts of hidden things,which young readers will get a kick out of. I highly recommend this book to any parent who wants a treasure of a book for their little mateys!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 2003
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Here's a children's book with all the good stuff: adventuresome story, endearing characters, and elegant, timeless illustrations. The "spy-glass" paintings put you right into the story! Very clever, and my kids love it. My youngest, a beginning reader, follows along with his big brothers with the refrain, "Where there's gold, I'm a goin'!" A truly fine book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2004
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This is a great book! My 6 year old recieved his book in May of 2002 and he knows this book by heart. My son is very involved with pirates and this hits the spot with great adventure that any 6 year old would enjoy. We need more great pirate books, with great illustration from Doug and Kim Kennedy. Highly recommend this book!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jane on February 3, 2006
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I bought this book for my 4-year-old son who loves pirates. Although the illustrations are beautiful and it is a cute story it just did not grab his attention. And he, uncharacteristically, was frightened by the fire-breathing dragon. I would recommend "How I Became a Pirate" (which has a better story line) over this book to any pirate-lovers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Hetzer on August 16, 2006
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My son (3 years old) loves this book. It also helped me to convince him that toothbrushin' is cool because pirates do it! Go and get this wonderful book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 8, 2002
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Pirate Pete is the engaging, humorous picturebook about a pirate and his parrot determined to plunder golden treasure. Yet one disaster after another befalls them on their journey, and a surprise is waiting in store at the end! A simple and delightful story by Kim Kennedy, Pirate Pete features Doug Kennedy's vividly colorful and jaunty artwork. Recommended for family, school, and public library children's picturebook collections.
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