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.
“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