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The History of Maritime Piracy

Cindy Vallar, Editor & Reviewer
P.O. Box 425, Keller, TX  76244-0425


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Cover Art: See Inside Pirate Ships
See Inside Pirate Ships
By Rob Lloyd Jones
Illustrated by Jörg Mühle
EDC Publishing, 2007, ISBN 978079451601-7, US $12.99

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See Inside Pirate Ships allows readers to explore the world of pirates up close. Divided into eight sections, the book covers lying in wait, attack, celebration, pirate port, Far Eastern seas, pirates defeated, sunken treasure, and who’s who in a pirate crew. True to the spirit of these sea rogues, each page holds hidden treasures, for the book allows readers to peek underneath myriad closed flaps to visit the real world of the pirates.

Inside Spread: See Inside
              Pirate Ships

The pages are of thick pressed boards and little openings allow easy access to each flap. I recommend running your hand lightly over each page to make certain you don’t miss any of the hidden treasures, for some are so carefully disguised that your eyes may miss them. The colorful artwork is realistic, depiciting the good and bad aspects of being pirates without all the blood and guts often associated with pirate life. As children read and explore, they’ll also learn, for this is an excellent introduction to pirates. What particularly makes this worthwhile is that it doesn’t concentrate just on Caribbean pirates. The inclusion of Asian pirates is a rare gem. See Inside Pirate Ships will provide readers young and old with hours of fun.


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