Cindy Vallar, Editor & Reviewer
P.O. Box 425, Keller, TX 76244-0425
Books for Pirate Apprentices
and Young Adults
By Russell Punter
Illustrated by Christyan Fox
EDC Publishing, 2007, ISBN 978079451447-1, US $5.99
Experience adventure galore in these three tales about pirates. In “The Return of Captain Spike” the pirates are imprisoned in the dungeons on Rotters’ Isle. The wickedest of them is Sneaky Spike, who dares to steal from the pirates! Bobby Bones shares the captain’s cell and decides to teach the thief a lesson. Bobby owns a treasure map, and if Spike can escape from the island and remain free, he’ll win the map. If he ends up back in jail in less than a day, though, Bobby gets all of Spike’s ill-gotten treasure. Who gets the treasure?
The second tale centers around the annual “Pirate of the Year” contest. Captain Blackheart and Billy Booty vie for this coveted title, and there are only two rules they must heed: Cheating is allowed, and protect your mates from danger. True to his name, Blackheart is an expert in heeding the first rule, but will he win Pirate of the Year?
Sir Rollo Pinchley is a dastardly sea merchant who wants the farm Harriet Hill’s family owns. When her father refuses to sell, their sheep disappear. If they don’t recover their animals, they will be ruined. Harriet dons the disguise of a cabin boy and sets off on an adventure she never expects. While searching for the thieves, she finds herself aboard a pirate ship. Will she save her family and the farm?
This easy-to-read chapter book is a delight and perfect for reading aloud so others can share in the adventures. The layout is similar to that of a comic book, but with more words, and the illustrations grab your attention with their bold colors and humorous portrayals. The morals woven into the stories are subtly done, so as not to detract from the tale. These three stories will make young readers laugh and cheer. An excellent addition to a young pirate’s bookshelf.
Note: This book was originally published in the UK by Usborne Books.
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