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The Book of Pirates Hardcover – August 1, 2010

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-10-This delightful book, written partly in pirate dialect, is full of creative activities, interspersed with plenty of fascinating historical facts. Constructing a foundation for the intrigue to come, the introduction defines piracy. The opening chapter is a true-or-false account of some of the many well-known myths about pirates: that they wore boots, eye patches, hooks, peg legs, etc. Subsequently, the authors discuss the origins and history of these rogues, the lives of famous pirates (including females), rules and codes and behavior, and present-day piracy. Those planning to attend an event as a pirate can follow the instructions for proper attire, along with diagrams and directions for makeup and the construction of a foam cutlass (ask Mom or Dad to help...). Jokes, games, songs, and a recipe for making cannonballs (from peanut butter) add to the fun. Though the activities will appeal to elementary students, the format, dense text, font size, and vocabulary seem more appropriate for an older audience. Black-and-white drawings, maps, and diagrams appear throughout, and numerous dusty mauve text boxes and page inserts create the look of an aging book. A glossary of pirate terms and a copious index are included. This title has a lot to offer; it just might have trouble finding its audience.-Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NE (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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“The Book of Pirates is both whimsical and wondrous! The reader gets not only history – but ‘how to’ as well. It is a beautifully bound and illustrated volume of everything that a reader might want to know about pirates.

“The Book of Pirates is a delightful reference book and easily accessible for younger readers. Jamaica and Captain Michael keep the writing crisp and to the point. Their love of pirate history, of pirate lore – of all things “pirate” is clear on every page and even readers who have not had the pleasure of meeting them will know – they both possess something about pirates that has remained true over centuries. Something unchanged by myth and legend. They possess the pirate soul.”

(Cap'n Slappy, co-founder of International Talk Like a Pirate Day 2010-08-10)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 6 - 10
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; 1 edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423606701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423606703
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,348,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I first found this book at a pirate festival in Portland, Oregon, and after meeting the authors, took the book home. Having a small bookstore myself, I am always looking for more books on that fascinating subject for children--pirates! I have found many stories that incorporate a bit of history, adventure, and romance about pirates, but in Michael MacLeod and Jamaica Rose's wonderfully researched and written book for children of all ages, the authors have created a unique work that tells the truth of the Golden Age of Piracy, while bringing to the page stories of real pirates as colorfully as any author of fiction. As I turned pages, I found I could not put the book down. What makes The Book of Pirates truly unique, is that it cannot be placed in a single category. It is non-fiction, posing questions and answers in a way that creates a game to test knowledge--what is a product of film and what is actual fact--clarifying such topics as how much gold there was in the Golden Age, the Pirate's Code (they were more than guidelines), the origins of the Buccaneers, geography, weapons, and flags. The Book of Pirates is also an activity book, offering tips on designing a costume, choosing a pirate name, making a cutlass and treasure chest, and creating "believable blood". Perhaps A Book of Pirates could be classified as a cookbook as well, for Cap'n MacLeod offers recipes, among them, Limeade Grog and Blackbeard's Gunpowder and Rum Punch. There are songs and sea shanties, tall tales of the Kraken, dice to make, and shipboard games like "rollin' the bones". In fact, as the title suggest, this is THE Book of Pirates for kids. Even the format of the book returns us to a sense of boys' and girls' books of the Fifties, a time before the inundation of electronic games, a time when imagination was still an everyday possibility for children. A wonderful book and highly recommended.
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Although I am not the one reading this book, I did look through it when it came. It was a gift for my daughter (16 years old & a HUGE Johnny Depp fan). It was really fun! They included history (dispelling some of those myths about pirates), recipes (crazy!), and lots of infortaion about how pirates really lived and acted. It even included a section on female pirates! My daughter loved it!!
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Format: Hardcover
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A pirate's "aye" review of Jamaica Rose and Captain Michael MacLeod's work, "The Book Of Pirates"The Book of Pirates
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Format: Hardcover
The Book of Pirates is a great "pirate primer" for beginners in the hobby and lifestyle of pirates.
It is also a valuable tool to play pirate with your children, like how to build a treasure chest ect.
For the more informed Pirate thar are still many tid bits of fun information on how to talk like a pirate or bring to memory interesting historical facts about pirates of the golden age and even modern ones like Chum Bucket and Capt. Slappy.. It is a fast, easy to understand read.. Personally I like that..because it does not take a scientist to understand and find your self smiling when you are reading this book.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I truly enjoyed this book. I have known the authors for over 20 years and know them both as researchers, teachers and pirate enthusiasts. This book brings all their strengths and is entertaining for everyone who is interested in pirates, privateers, and mariners of all types. I especially liked Jamaica Rose's historical research but I was entertained by Captain Michael's take on all subjects.
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