The No-Good Do-Good Pirates

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Captain Squint and his pirate crew spend their days doing evil deeds. When at last the gang is captured, the judge says they can go free—if they do one good deed before sunset. But what's a good deed? Can these pirates save themselves from prison?

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Captain Squint and his pirate crew spend their days doing evil deeds. When at last the gang is captured, the judge says they can go free—if they do one good deed before sunset. But what's a good deed? Can these pirates save themselves from prison?

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PreS-Gr 2

Four pirates make teddy bears walk the plank, plunder children's birthday parties, and steal the governor's toy boats. The last act causes a judge to withhold freedom unless they do one good deed by sundown. Their interpretations (tidying up the bank by sweeping money into their sacks, taking babies' candy so their teeth won't rot) lead to escalating trouble, until they accidentally commit a good deed. The quartet receive heroes' farewells as they depart into the sunset on their pink ship. Avril's bright cartoons of stock characters add to the humor. A silly and upbeat tale starring ever-popular pirates.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

Kirkus Reviews
When a band of plundering pirates is captured, the sentence is to do one good deed before sunset or go to jail. Being pirates, they have no idea what a good deed is. First they try to eat all the pies in the bakery so the baker can go home and take a nap. Then they try to sweep up all the money in the bank to neaten up the place. Finally, they try to take candy from babies so they won't get cavities, only to be brought low by the toothy tots. Each "good deed" is, unsurprisingly, met with hostility from the ones they are trying to help. They unwittingly perform their good deed just in the nick of time by warning away another group of villainous pirates: "This town is full of pirate-bashing ladies and bloodthirsty babies!" Readers will appreciate the humor found in both the goofy situations and such piratical names as Captain Squint, Smelly Bob and Ed the Fierce. Avril's cartoon illustrations are colorful and childlike, and help to carry this silly story to its end. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807556955
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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