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Dirty Joe, the Pirate: A True Story Hardcover – May 13, 2008

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PreSchool-Grade 2—This book has everything to attract kids and tickle their funny bones—pirates, smelly socks, and, best of all, undies! In rollicking rhyme, Harley tells of a "cruel and evil man" who sails the seven seas with his crew, stealing dirty socks to hang proudly on the ship's rigging. But Dirty Joe meets his match when he comes upon Stinky Annie and her all-female crew, buccaneers who specialize in pilfering and displaying undergarments: "Boxers big and boxers small, with stripes and polka dots,/And tighty-whities hung there too, like the ones your grandpa's got." After a battle fought with swords, toasters, tennis rackets, and whatever else comes to hand, the barefoot women prevail and, in a heartfelt and humorous moment, Joe and Annie discover that they are siblings. That doesn't stop Annie from taking Joe's drawers, leading to a last-page bemoaning of the fact that older sisters hold a lifelong upper hand. Davis's balloon-headed, goofy characters are just right for the tale. The chaotic full-color pictures are jam-packed with pirates and dirty laundry. The crews, dressed in a hilarious mishmash of styles, will have readers poring over the pages to spot amusing details. Even kids who aren't pirate fans will be wooed and wowed by this rib-tickling tale.—Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI
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"Clever rhyming, plus illustrations filled with colorfully clad pirates and soiled laundry hoist the audience appeal here to the tiptop of the mast." Kirkus Reviews

"It's a funny read for would-be pirates - especially those with older sisters" The New York Post

"Brought to life by Bill Harley this read-aloud story is certain to be prized by budding buccaneers." parentsandkids.net

“This book has everything to attract kids and tickle their funny bones—pirates, smelly socks, and, best of all, undies!” (School Library Journal)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD910L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (May 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0066237807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0066237800
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So much fun to read out loud! Very funny text, wonderful illustrations and a joy to read. Children and adults will both enjoy the experience. Again and again. And again. And if you're one of a brother/sister duo, you're in for a really good laugh.
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We checked this book out from the library 10 times, before Santa brought it for Christmas.
It says for ages 5 and up, but my 2 year old could have us read this over and over and over. I think the rhythm of the book captures even young readers.
The store is great too. I don't mind reading it over and over.
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I swear I am not a prude, but really?? When was it deemed o.k. in children’s stories to steal underpants from others as they wear them? In real life isn't that considered sexual assault?? And would this book have as many stars and accepting reviews if it were the boy pirates stealing underpants off the girl pirates?? Personally I didn't like it and I would not recommend this book for children.
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Hilarious ! Dirty Joe plunders other ships in search of the ultimate treasure, dirty socks ! Our children squeal in delight as we chase after them trying to snatch the dirty socks right off their feet.
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Harley has written a laugh-out-loud adventure at sea that is sure to delight children and adults alike, as well as both boys and girls. Told in four-line stanzas, it is the story of Dirty Joe, the pirate whose all-male pirate crew sails in search of great treasure: dirty socks, which they hang on the ship's rigging lines. Find out what happens when Dirty Joe runs into Stinky Ann and her all-female pirates who are out for an unlikely fortune of their own. The rich illustrations stretch across the pages, filling every corner, and though Joe is described on the first page as being "cruel and evil," the story and illustrations (by Jack E. Davis, who does The Zach Files) are hardly scary.
Highly Recommended
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First I must start by saying that I love pirate books and I love silly books. This book is both. It is about a pirate who steals stinky socks from other ships. But one day he comes upon Stinky Annie who is a female pirate with an all female crew. She loves to steal stinky underwear. The two battle it out. I won't give the ending away.

I was okay with this book at first. I was hoping it would be about reforming Dirty Joe the Pirate because his ship stank so badly of dirty socks. But instead a new, even worse character is introduced. And I was disturbed about how she forces people to give her their underwear. This is something a bully would do. Is it okay because she is a girl pirate? What if she were male and forcing the females to give up their underwear? This behavior is NOT okay! Then the final message we receive on the last page is that big sisters are ALL bullies and boys have to put up with that. Sure, this book is all in good fun, but at whose expense?

The illustrations are wonderful, colorful and fun. The verses at times are forced: craft rhyming with laugh, swords with aboard. I wanted to like this book because of its sense of fun, but I could not like the bullying behavior.
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This is a great kids pirate story! It rhymes and moves along very quickly - th epictures are great with lots of fun little details...and I love the Big Sister/Little Brother moral at the end. My three year old begs me to read and re-read this one over and over!
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We borrow this book from the library when my son was 2 years old and had to buy it because he loved it so much. It has a nice rhyme and rhyme to it and it just SO silly. He doesn't have an older sister but for anyone who does I would recommend it even more.
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