Pirateology: The Pirate Hunter's Companion

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Aar! Hoist the sails for a lavish new discovery filled with treasures ? a magnificent resource for pirate lovers everywhere. The eagerly awaited new title in the best-selling ?Ology series ? more than 5 million sold worldwide!

Step lively, pirate foes and fanciers! Mysterious booty found inside a long-lost sea chest, hidden for hundreds of years off the coast of Newfoundland, has just been uncovered for your enjoyment. Within these covers is the fascinating eighteenth-century ...

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Overview

Aar! Hoist the sails for a lavish new discovery filled with treasures — a magnificent resource for pirate lovers everywhere. The eagerly awaited new title in the best-selling ’Ology series — more than 5 million sold worldwide!

Step lively, pirate foes and fanciers! Mysterious booty found inside a long-lost sea chest, hidden for hundreds of years off the coast of Newfoundland, has just been uncovered for your enjoyment. Within these covers is the fascinating eighteenth-century journal of Captain William Lubber, an earnest soul who sailed the seas in search of the vicious female pirate Arabella Drummond. Prepare for a mesmerizing tale of the golden age of piracy — from storm-tossed sailing ships to tantalizing treasure islands, from pirates’ flags and fashions to their wily weapons and wicked ways. An extraordinary find for pirateologists, here is a true and complete companion for the dedicated pirate hunter.

Pirateology’s special treasures include:
— a stunning cover bearing a working compass and glittering gems—treasure map with a missing piece — for the canny reader to find
— multiple flaps, maps, charts, and booklets harboring codes and clues
— intricate drawings of ships’ interiors
— a packet of gold dust — a pocket sundial
— a cache of pirate letters, pieces of eight— and a jewel as a final reward

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Pirate tales and other interactive titles come to the fore. Pirateology, presented as the 18th-century journal of Captain William Lubber, ed. by Dugald Steer (of Dragonology fame), illus. by Yvonne Gilbert, Helen Ward and Ian Andrew, chronicles the seafaring gent's search for the nefarious Arabella Drummond-within a captivating layout. Parchment-facsimile pages literally burst with foldout treasure maps, ship's log entries, packets of gold dust plus mini-books of pirate customs and nautical terms. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Ahoy, Mateys! The publisher of Dugald A. Steer's Egyptology (2004), Ernest Drake's Dragonology (2003), and Master Merlin's Wizardology (2005, all Candlewick) offers up myriad facts and stories about piratica. Written as the ship's log of a fictitious pirate hunter in the early 18th century, this lavish, oversize volume chronicles his efforts to track down the notorious Arabella Drummond. Through entries that span nearly three years, Captain William Lubber reveals tidbits of information on such topics as ocean navigation, tying sailor's knots, weaponry, battle tactics, and the Jolly Roger. Spreads made to look like worn parchment are chock-full of sidebars, maps to unfold, packets of gold dust to examine, and various artistic renderings of notorious real-life pirates. As the tale grows, the elusive pirate, her dogged hunter, and readers travel the globe, reaching destinations such as China, Madagascar, and Nova Scotia. Quick facts about each place as well as the local pirate scene are included, but the primary focus is on the Caribbean-based pirate. The format invites exploration and is perfect for reluctant readers. Young pirate enthusiasts will find plenty here to keep them engaged, but may well desire further sources for more in-depth information. Pair this title with J. Patrick Lewis's Blackbeard: The Pirate King (National Geographic, 2006), Richard Platt's Pirate Diary (Candlewick, 2001), or Moira Butterfield's Pirates and Smugglers (Kingfisher, 2005). A strong addition to most collections.-Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Avast ye, mateys! Shake a leg and join 18th-century pirate-hunter William Lubber, Esq. on an around-the-world sail in search of "that especially Germinous female pirate Arabella Drummond." His trip features stops at North Carolina's Ocracoke Inlet, where Blackbeard met his doom, Caribbean pirate haven Port Royal and various remote Pacific isles just right for leaving or finding castaways, plus encounters with Chinese and Barbary pirates. The passages from Lubber's log are interspersed with maps and flaps, dramatic scenes of fictional and historical pirates buckling swash (or in two cases, twisting in the wind), booklets, trading card-style portraits, views of ships, Jolly Rogers and nautical gear-not to mention detachable packets of letters, a two-part treasure map with coded message, lengths of lanyard for knot-making practice, a packet of glittering "gold dust" and covers embedded with both a compass and an oversized "jewel." Landlocked young buccaneers (and fans of the other "-ology" outings) who have already hijacked John Matthews's kindred production Pirates! (May 2006) will rush to board-and to attack the enticing associated website. (Novelty. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763631437
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 7/11/2006
  • Series: Ologies Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 156,640
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 12.10 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.92 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2007

    For Elementary School Kids and their Grandpa's

    This book is said to be suitable for ages 8 (3rd Grade) and up. It's also extremely suited for grandparents. It combines an interesting story line, Captain Lubber is sailing the world searching for the vicious female pirate Arabella Drummond. The book purports to be his journal or log of the trip and what he learned along the way. It is printed on a heavy parchment paper, and filled with activities requiring that you look at a little book glued onto a page, or tie knots with the strings on another page. It is a heavy well made book with a compass inset into the front cover - you have to have a compass to go looking for pirates - jewels set into the East and West position, and a large jewel in the back cover - pirates like jewels. I hate to be overly picky, but there is one error in the book. At one point it says that pirates liked this kind of ship called a sloop. But the picture shows a topsail schooner instead. Oh well, maybe this was put in intentionally so you can demonstrate your knowledge to your grandkid. Then again, maybe he'll just think you're weird.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Grandson's interest was less than I had hoped........

    My grandson seemed to enjoy the parts of the book that he was interested in; I will be curious to see if he returns to read more that he skipped over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2008

    A reviewer

    This was a good book on pirates!My brother and I loved the book and the cool thing was that my brother said it had a lot of interesting facts!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2007

    Great book even if you hated the New Piartes of the Caribbean film!

    I tolerated Pirates of the Caribbean one. The sequal was a bore, pointless and way too long. However I still love this book since I like the myths of Pirates and classics such as Treasure Island and Peter Pan. This book is done really clever with a good tale and a unique illustration style. Whether you just like the movies with Depp (channeling his inner Keith Richards) or like the myths, literature or true history of Pirates this book is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2006

    All Pirate of the Carribean Wannabes Check out this book!

    This book is how to be a pirate. If you like Wizardology, you will be glued to this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2006

    Awesome

    It is the best fact book I have ever got for my child. He loved opening the flaps and looking at the pictures. If your child loves pirates, the best book to get him is Pirateology.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2006

    Arrgh!! There be pirates!! Hoist The Main Sail, Look Alive There Matey!!

    'Pirateology' is a large-size, illustrated book and the fourth in the 'ologies' series. Other books in the series are 'Dragonology,' 'Wizardology,' and 'Egyptology.' The book is very short, at only 32 pages, but the illustrations are excellent. 'Pirateology' has black and white illustrations as well as full color illustrations and is written as if it is the 1723 journal of pirate hunter William Lubber. Captain Lubber's around-the-world voyage as he chases after the infamous female pirate Arabella is told through the pages of the book. As it tells the tale, the book also talks about pirates around the world, their ships, their weapons, their customs. A foldout map shows Captain Lubber's route and other extras are included like a ransom note and a booklet about Arabella. For equally amazing illustrations, I also recommend illustrated edition of Robert Stanek's The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches. It's perfect for anyone who loves fantastic stories.

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