This book, part of the "Real World of Pirates" series, presents information about the places pirates of the 17th and 18th centuries repaired their ships and spent their money. Although piracy was also a major issue in the Mediterranean, the book focuses on pirates of the Caribbean. Bright hued illustrations, many of them details from historic paintings in museum collections, are sometimes overlaid with the text, adding to the colorful presentation of a colorful topic. Although this creates lots of eye appeal, the paintings are only credited in fine print on the copyright page, leaving most readers unaware of the interesting source of the illustrations. The text, displayed on white against dark red splashed and striped backgrounds, is relatively brief, usually just three short paragraphs per double-page spread, making it more accessible to younger readers and listeners. The text is of high interest and will also be appealing to reluctant older readers. A map of the islands mentioned in the Caribbean would have been a useful addition. This book includes a brief list of other books for additional reading, a glossary, a comprehensive index, and access to grade-appropriate Internet sites through the publisher's web page. Though not an essential purchase, this book would be a good addition to collections serving elementary school students, given the increased demand created by recent pirate movies.
Allison Lassieur has written more than 100 books on many topics, including history, biography, science, and current events. She has also written fiction novels and short stories, puzzles, and activities. When she isn't busy writing, Allison enjoys knitting, spinning, and reading good novels. Allison lives in Trenton, Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and a houseful of pets.