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Pirate vs. Pirate: The Terrific Tale of a Big, Blustery Maritime Match Hardcover – March 22, 2011
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"Rip-roaring pirate yarn."--Booklist
"Four-Arrrrr! rating."--School Library Journal
"I love the book, and yer nippers will get a big kick out of it whether they're boys or girls."--Ol' Chumbucket, co-founder, Talk Like a Pirate Day
In this lively title, two equally dastardly pirates engage in a ribald exchange of smack talk and throw-downs that escalate all the way to love and marriage. Bad Bart knows himself to be the rottenest of pirates. Mean Mo feels the same about herself, only more so. Each of a series of challenges, from shark swimming to cannonball throwing ends in a tie, proving that they both stink and pointing to wedded bliss as the only solution to the contest. Quattlebaum douses her over-the-top narrative in a sea of pirate tropes, filling her pirates' mouths with "mateys" and "landlubbers" galore, often printed in speech bubbles. Boiger's dynamic watercolors, in blues and browns splashed with brilliant crimson, play with perspective and scale in dramatic, action-filled scenes of the pirates battling. Children in search of a rip-roaring pirate yarn will find adventure aplenty, with a little romance to boot. Arrrr. Booklist"
Quattlebaum gives pirate fans twice the rogue for their reading pleasure. Bad Bart, "the biggest, burliest pirate this side of the Atlantic," sets sail to make sure he's the biggest and burliest (and richest) in the whole world. At the same time, Mean Mo, "the maddest, mightiest pirate this side of the Pacific," embarks with a similar goal. "The earth being round, the two met in the middle." What follows is a feast of braggadocio, fabulous insults, and fierce competitions such as swimming with sharks, mast-climbing, arm-wrestling, and treasure-counting. The surprising outcome is so ferociously heartwarming that it'll shiver readers' timbers. Quattlebaum litters the pages with robust buccaneer lingo: "ahoys" and "avasts," "rogues" and "scurvy dogs" abound. Boiger expertly blends droll humor with dramatic seascapes and detailed ship settings. Young pirates will give this new work a four-Arrrrrr! rating. SLJ"
What happens when two of the fiercest pirates in the world--Bad Bart, a portly, bearded scoundrel with a hat that doubles as a candelabra, and Mean Mo, whose long blond hair complements her snub nose and snaggly teeth--find they can't out-insult, out-swim, out-throw, or out-treasure each other? (They turn out to have exactly 1,953 pieces of treasure each.) Most uncharacteristically for pirates, they're stymied. Bad Bart, filled with admiration for his former adversary, presents her with a tiara. "This be a little gift," he says. She gives him a jeweled belt. "This be a present from me," she says. It gets soppier, but thankfully, they're pirates, so their words of love ("Yer nose be red as a ruby, me little treasure") are just as entertaining as their earlier epithets of "Bilge rat" and "Sea skunk." Boiger's (The Monster Princess) extravagant spreads are filled with billowy curves--foamy waves, full sails, and the bellies of Bad Bart's henchmen. Their romantic aesthetic, as a counterpoint to Quattlebaum's (Winter Friends) piratical hijinks, is central to the story's charm. An all-around winner. PW"
In a battle of the sexes that's all trappings and no center, Bad Bart ("the biggest, burliest pirate this side of the Atlantic") and Mean Mo ("the maddest, mightiest pirate this side of the Pacific") square off for the world title. After hardtack-eating, cannonball-throwing, arm-wrestling, treasure-counting and several equally trite contests end in ties the two inevitably fall for each other, "tie the knot" and sail off together with a fond "Aarrrr!" Aye, there be pirate talk aplenty here and splashy watercolors featuring much swashing and buckling-but pegleg and flowing blonde tresses aside, there's nary a trace of difference between the two contestants. Alas, the combination of absurdity with strict internal logic that sparks such similar head-to-heads as Kevin O'Malley and Carol Heyer's Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude (2005), illustrated by Scott Goto or, most recently, Chris Barton's Shark vs. Train (2010), illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, is absent. Yo ho hum. Kirkus"
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Mean Mo was the maddest, mightiest pirate this side of the Pacific.
But am I the maddest, mightiest pirate in the world? She wondered. And the richest?"
The two pirates set off to win their titles and meet in battle.
Full of delightful pirate banter and lots of opportunities to compete for the best pirate. Everybody loves a pirate story.
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This is my 3 year old daughter's favorite book! She has every word memorized and 'reads' the story along with me. It is sure to be a family favorite for years to come!Published 17 months ago by MommyBarnes
Very cute story, part pirate competition with a love story element. Almost traditional fairytale type ending. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dr. Hijiki
Excellent book! Our grandchildren loved it. We highly recommend this book for all young children! We are pleased with our purchase.Published on April 27, 2014 by Prateep Ghose
Is the biggest baddest pirate on the seven seas a girl? She may very well be! Find out in this rollicking pirate yarn, which is also a hoot to read aloud.Published on January 15, 2012 by JaneK