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Posted November 8, 2004
A MUST for Misfits, Outcasts, & Pirate Lovers!
Created by the illustrator of the Lemony Snicket series, this rollicking and imaginative story is a ¿must¿ for any adventure lover, particularly a pirate lover who wonders about the origin of the frightening, skull and crossbones ¿Jolly Roger¿ flag. Helquist¿s fictional explanation even provides an important lesson for any child was treated or treated another child like a misfit or outcast: Be nice to misfits because they may be very helpful to you one day! Here, Roger is a ¿lousy pirate¿ who ¿couldn¿t tell the starboard from the larboard, the windward from the leeward, or the mizzen from the main.¿ A misfit who ¿smiled instead of scowling,¿ ¿grinned instead of growling,¿ and ¿never struck fear in any sailor¿s heart.¿ The ¿real pirates¿ disapprovingly call him ¿Jolly Roger¿. Whenever there is ¿serious pirating to be done,¿ he is banished to the ship¿s hold. But, bumbling Roger manages to become an unlikely hero. Helquist tells the story in lively, whimsical, humorous verse that¿s flawlessly matched by his hilarious, lively, and bold illustrations in watercolor, pencil, and pastel. The ¿Ballad of Jolly Roger¿ provides a nice finish. Highly recommended for ages 4 and up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.