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Pirate vs. Pirate: The Terrific Tale of a Big, Blustery Maritime Match
By Mary Quattlebaum
Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
Hyperion, 2011, ISBN 978-142312201-2, $16.99

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What happens when the biggest, burliest pirate of the Atlantic meets the maddest, mightiest pirate of the Pacific? Especially when both are determined to be the biggest, burliest, maddest, mightiest, and richest pirate in the world? Thatís the premise of this picture book.
 
Bad Bart and Mean Mo intend to claim the world title, and their first meeting hints at the conflict to come. The insults they trade end with guns being primed for firing until the crews of both ships decide the two pirate captains must face off in a series of contests. How else can they fairly determine who is the biggest, burliest, maddest, mightiest, and richest pirate in the world? The only problem? Each contest leaves Bad Bart and Mean Mo tied. So how can they resolve this problem?
 
From the first page to the last, this book engages the reader. Even if the listeners donít know the words, they can easily join in with their voices. Itís delightful to see a male and female pirate captain on even footing, and discovering who wins will surprise and entertain pirates young and old. The artwork is simple and realistic, rather than being so complicated that it distracts from the story. Pirate vs. Pirate will become a favorite treasure of all young pirates.
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