School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 3-4-High-interest titles featuring an infamous pirate or two. Unfortunately, except for the large print, there isn't much to recommend these books. The brief texts are choppy and-hard to believe given the subject matter-often uninteresting. All three books have the same layout and design features. Each double-page chapter features a textual page (pictured as a piece of parchment against a red background) facing a full-page illustration. In Anne Bonny, the author switches back and forth between the women's somewhat similar but complicated life stories, which is bound to confuse readers. The uneven illustrations are poorly chosen and reproduced, and unattributed. Unattractive interpretations of scenes from the women's lives feature angular figures in gray. Insets picture men's and women's "French-style" clothing of the 18th century, but neither woman was French. A historical map of Europe is dated 1826, "about 100 years after Mary's time." Kidd is somewhat improved by the inclusion of reproductions of pirate scenes by Howard Pyle, but only one is identified as his. A description of another illustration notes that the model of a sailing ship in the picture dates "1750, about 100 years past Kidd's time." Why include it? Repetition, poor grammar, and simplification mar Lafitte. One caption refers to a "photo at left" when it's actually a reproduction of a sketch. Libraries can confidently skip these titles.-Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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