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Two Bad Pilgrims Hardcover – August 20, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (August 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670061689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670061686
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Manages to deliver a substantial amount of information...making this account easily one of the most enjoyably educational ones kids will encounter this season." --Kirkus

About the Author

Kathryn Lasky has written many fiction and nonfiction books for children, including the Newbery Honor book Sugaring Time. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

John Manders has illustrated more than 30 books, including Peter Spit a Seed at Sue (Viking). In 2006, the Pennsylvania School Librarian's Association named him an "Outstanding Illustrator/Author." He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Customer Reviews

A humorous look at an historical event.
Joy Frerichs
This is the type of book that reluctant readers will find easy to read and continue on to the end, as these two rascally boys are fun to follow.
D. Fowler
The author goes as far as to say she hopes there is a little bit of this badness in all Americans.
James F.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Francis and Johnny Billington were two boys that professor Standish Brewster, "professor of Pilgrimology at Plimouth University," decided to have a little talk with to learn more about them. It had come to light that these two brothers almost blew up the Mayflower, were little thieves, and cursed a lot and he wanted to know where they learned "that kind of behavior." The boys laughed and said, "From our parents of course!" The Billington family wasn't exactly the kind of family you'd brag on for sure. The boys began to tell them all about their adventures on the Stinkflower, otherwise known to history as the Mayflower, and what happened when they landed in America.

Of course the boys had a totally different point of view than the whitewashed view many people have of the illustrious Pilgrims. One of the things they did on the Stinkflower was, aside from throwing up, was play with some squibs ("musket lighters") and almost blew up the ship. The voyage took sixty-six days and by that time they were ready to branch out and continue their trouble making careers. They took note of things like how the pilgrims took food from the Indians and dug up their graves. The boys talked about how the pilgrims fared on the voyage, built their homes, what they ate and how Johnny got lost and lived with the Nauset for a month. The Billingtons really were a nasty lot . . . do you get the picture? The boys will gladly tell you their side of the story!

This is one of the first graphic novels I've seen that really has a nice dollop of American history in it. The two young boys, Francis and Johnny Billington, are a couple of rascals that many children can relate to and hopefully not emulate. The storyline is very appealing and presents a side of history that I was unaware of.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James F. on October 20, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book is full of crass language, gives a positive jest at bad behavior, villainizes Christians, and seems to encourage rebellion and bad behavior. The author goes as far as to say she hopes there is a little bit of this badness in all Americans. I was appalled at the blatant disregard for goodness found in this book and its embrace of bad behavior as positive. Disgusting book. Not at all funny. My copy will be destroyed.
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By Bernadette Burnham on December 16, 2013
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A totally different perspective on the pilgrims written for kids but enjoyable for adults too! Shared with my 3rd graders, they loved it.
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By Arloha L. Scriver on December 20, 2011
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Loved the book. I bought it for my grandchildren. I am a member of the Mayflower Society. My 7 yr old granddaughter asked if she could join also. Will be sending in her application before long.

Arloha
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Format: Hardcover
This book was written in comic-book format and is done in small chapters. It would be a great first-chapter book for those reading at late first-early second grade level. This is historical fiction and reminds me of a simplified version of a Magic Tree House book. There are some facts about the Mayflower journey and a little about Plymouth Rock and the surrounding area but mostly it is a book designed to help engage the reader into this topic and to discover more about the concept elsewhere.
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By J. Grambo on October 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The true story of two boys who were mischief-makers on the Mayflower. Formatted like a graphic novel, but written for ages 4-8, the story is fun and educational. Like all graphic books, the story is bare-bones, and missing all the richness of prose, but would appeal to the target age, and even to older reluctant readers. An author's note at the back give a little more information about the wild boys, who in real life almost managed to blow up the Mayflower!
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We have read this book so many times before and after our trip to "Plimoth Plantation" in Plymouth. The 6 and 7 year old grandkids love it. It is educational and humorous... doesn't glamorize or glass over history of real people.
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