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Pirateology: The Pirate Hunter's Companion (Ologies) Hardcover – July 11, 2006
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To my fascination and amusement, while having him at my house for the weekend, he came running out of his bedroom every few minutes to describe to me, in graphic detail, some newfound lore that sparked his interest. Surprisingly, he even learned a great deal about such things as navigation, knot making and flags.
The book is laden with extraordinary pictures sure to catch the eye of every young pirate enthusiast. The front cover has an inset compass and the back cover, an inset faux ruby. Along the way, the pages contain envelopes of other hidden treasures. And, oh yeah, the story is pretty entertaining too. This is all presented on a heavy parchment type paper to lend even further pirate authenticity to this fine work.
I highly recommend this gift for young pirate enthusiasts. This is also a book parents will enjoy sharing with their kids.
Like the Eyewitness, Discovery and Kingfisher family of youth picture books, this one is crowded with illustrations and brief passages of historical prose that provide a basic background on piracy suitable for children and those with limited attention spans. There the comparison stops, Pirateology goes well beyond by providing an interactive element with the numerous foldouts, mock notebooks, sealed envelopes with inserted maps and notes, and variety of other interactive items sure to keep the reader engaged.
The prose is not difficult, but does include enough vocabulary to stretch young minds. The artwork varies from a vintage sepia look to colorful original artwork. The overall presentation is excellent and looks reasonably durable. I would recommend that use of the book by those under 9 years of age be supervised to preserve the various ties and foldouts as well as to prevent misplacing the inserts and notes. Bottom line is that this is a fun introduction to the history of piracy during the Golden Age. For those beyond the level of such a children's book I might suggest the various Osprey books on buccaneers and pirates by Angus Konstam.
It is a heavy well made book with a compass inset into the front cover - you have to have a compass to go looking for pirates - jewels set into the East and West position, and a large jewel in the back cover - pirates like jewels.
I hate to be overly picky, but there is one error in the book. At one point it says that pirates liked this kind of ship called a sloop. But the picture shows a topsail schooner instead. Oh well, maybe this was put in intentionally so you can demonstrate your knowledge to your grandkid. Then again, maybe he'll just think you're weird.
With it's inside peaks and interactive panels it is hard not to get drawn up into this book. So come let your imagination free for a few minutes and read this book. Discover hidden treasure and even some pirate letters with hidden messages on the back!
Who knows it may even inspire you to go on a treasure hunt yourself!
Note that the Library of Congress catalog card number and the ISBN numbers (10- and 13-digit) are the same for both incarnations of the book. The only differences noted are in the publication data, as follows:
On the original book WITH the working compass and better 3D features, the publication info says, "Manufactured in China." The publisher info says, "Candlewick Press 1067 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140."
On this book I bought from Amazon, the one WITHOUT the working compass and with cheaper 3D features, the publication info says, "Manufactured in Henshan, Guangdong, China." The publisher info says, "Candlewick Press 99 Dover Street, Somerville, MA 02144." Furthermore, the number line in this one inserts the letters "LEO" in the middle of the line. Those letters are not present in the number line of the original book.
Buyer Beware. The fact that the promotional blurb says "with working compass" does NOT mean it has a working compass and original 3D features inside. On the upside, though, Amazon provided their usual no-fuss refund for their product.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cool book. Kids love the extra things to explore besides printed pages.Published 7 days ago by Robert Kimble
This book was really worn and probably should have been marked "acceptable". It did have all the pieces but I was disappointed in the worn corners and overall presentation.Published 20 days ago by ARBB
The Ology books are perfect for any child and adults. There are several themed books. They have lots of pullouts or foldouts in each book. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Darlene Fields
My son feels like such a big boy when he looks through this book. We love it!Published 1 month ago by Jessica B
I am a pirate actor and found this book at Cracker Barrel fo $5 more. Lots of fun reading filled with pull outs and historical facts. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Oviedo Collector
it is a great book that kids will love to read. although it might rip easily.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer