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Robin Hook Pirate Hunter! Hardcover – February 1, 2001

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 450L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1st edition (February 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590681990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590681995
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 9.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,763,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Kimmel (Gershon's Monster) gleefully plunders Sherwood Forest, Peter Pan, Dr. Dolittle and pirate lore for this hybrid tale of a stout-hearted lad bent on ending piracy. Adopted as an infant by Captain James Hook, Robin develops some decidedly anti-swashbuckling traits as he grows older. "He hated making people walk the plank. He never enjoyed sinking ships. And he was kind to people and animals." Fed up, Captain Hook maroons him on an island, where Robin learns the language of animals and forms a ragtag crew of abandoned children. Their mission: to rid the seven seas of all pirates (they put itching powder in Blackbeard's beard, for instance, and erase the X on Captain Flint's treasure map). Despite some holes in the plot large enough to sail a galleon through (such as where the other children on Robin's supposedly deserted island came from and why the pirates willingly release their prisoners from a sinking ship), the story cruises along, buoyed up by Dooling's (The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin) robust oil-on-canvas paintings. Some of the action sequences, like the narrative, seem more sketched than fully rendered, veiled as they are in fog and sea spray. But Dooling's portraits of the pirates capture their colorful personalities. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 4-While this curious blend of Peter Pan and Robin Hood will require even more suspension of disbelief than its antecedents, wanna-be swashbucklers and rogues are sure to revel in the plot and pictures. Captain Hook finds baby Robin in an octopus's arms and trains him in the ways of a pirate's life. Alas, Robin has his own code of ethics and is ultimately marooned on an island as punishment for releasing prisoners. There he takes leadership of other shipwrecked children. They undertake a "campaign to bring pirates everywhere to justice" and at the story's climax, join forces with squid, seagulls, hornets, and dolphins for a nonviolent confrontation to release prisoners from the clutches of Captain Thatch. The language is not particularly memorable, and the plot is an odd mixture of borrowed heritage and modern sensibility. (Children may wish the youngsters had been more involved in the action than the animals.) However, the dramatically lit double spreads, salty oil portraits, and the triumph of the child heroes (and one heroine) ensure program success. Pair this with Emily Arnold McCully's The Pirate Queen (Putnam, 1995) and Tom Lichtenheld's Everything I Know about Pirates (S & S, 2000) for an eye-opening perspective on a perennially popular subject.-Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Eric A. Kimmel is a native New Yorker who lives in Oregon. He was born in Brooklyn, NY where he learned to love books and traditional stories from an early age. He could hear five different languages without leaving his block. Eric taught teachers as a professor of Education at Indiana University at South Bend and Portland State University. His favorite classes were children's literature, language arts, storytelling, and handwriting. He left the university in 1993 to become a full-time writer, a dream he had had since kindergarten.

Eric's books have won numerous awards. He and his wife Doris have traveled all over the world, sharing his books and stories with school children in China, Africa, and Turkey.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Smith on March 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a pretty great story for kids who are fascinated by pirates. The hero and his crew are all children, and their battle against piracy and plunder is noble. My five-year-old son has most of it memorized: "Blast my eyes!", "Blow those babies back to kindergarten!", "Who's for a fight?" And the talking parrot makes him collapse in giggles, along with the gristly sausage hanging out of Captain Thatch's mouth.

The story does feel as if it's condensed from a larger source, even though it's so transparently a pastiche of Robin Hood, Peter Pan, etc. that the larger source could only be the entire genre of childhood adventure. However, it seems like it should have been about twice as long as it is--to an adult's eyes it feels rushed and hazy on some of the details. But very possibly that's part of what kids will like, as it gives their imagination some room to breathe.
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Format: Hardcover
The colorful, period illustrations compensate for the uneven storyline. Young Robin Hook, marooned by pirates, sets out to "bring pirates everwhere to justice." Leading a band of children and wild animals, they defeat the fierce looking pirates.

The gaps in the plot may not matter too much to youngsters who like pirates. The Peter Pan lifestyle of the youngsters may appeal as well.

Well illustrated.
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Format: Hardcover
It's been years since we read this book with our son, but it was one of his all-time favorites (along with Lasso Lou and Cowboy McCoy and Pigsty).

Captain Hook raised Robin as a pirate, but the young boy has the sensibilities of his namesake, Robin Hood. He's at home in the natural world and he hates making anyone walk the plank. He's on a mission to stamp out pirates, and a band of children and their animal friends help him in ingenious ways (squid ink, for one).

We laughed for years (and still quote) some of the many funny lines from this book: "Blow those babies back to kindergarten!" And some of the illustrations are hilarious (the greasy sausages). It seems every time we read the story, we got one or two more of the allusions, so it was one of those books our son requested night after night.
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