Pirateria: The Wonderful Plunderful Pirate Emporium

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Visit this one-stop pirate shop for all your swashbuckling needs, from #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Calef Brown.

Are you a Privateer?
A Mutineer?
Or a happy-go-lucky Buccaneer?
Do you need top quality pirate gear?
Well never fear,
Pirateria is here!...

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Overview

Visit this one-stop pirate shop for all your swashbuckling needs, from #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Calef Brown.

Are you a Privateer?
A Mutineer?
Or a happy-go-lucky Buccaneer?
Do you need top quality pirate gear?
Well never fear,
Pirateria is here!
Welcome to Pirateria, the most glorious pirate emporium on the seven seas! When pirates need superior wares for life at sea, they head on down to Pirateria, where they can find treasure chests (the very best), peg legs, planks, eye patches, head rags, vests, pantaloons—and even satchels and pouches for gems and doubloons—all at prices that can’t be beat. Creativity runs amok in this energetic, rhyming text full of beards and barnacles and plenty of pirate fun. Arrrr ya looking for a good price on big-buckle shoes—and a rollicking read-aloud about practical pirates? Look no further!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Brown (Boy Wonders) makes an enthusiastic sales pitch for Pirateria, where “we put the ‘arg’ in ‘bargain’!” His infomercial narrative beckons scurvy shoppers to queue up for “Spinnakers, jibs, and rope in hanks;/ solid maple walking planks.... And this just in: a fresh batch of eye patches!/ Two per package to prevent mismatches.” (An eye-patch color chart offers options like “bilge water gray,” “moby white,” and “dreaded red.”) The Yo Ho Hosiery and Footwear department offers single shoes for peglegs, and another aisle features message bottles, since “pirates expect to be shipwrecked.” Grudges are to be left at sea (“Attention buckos, oafs, and toughs./ You’ll walk the plank if we spy fisticuffs”), and grumpy buccaneers roam Pirateria’s food court. Brown merges pirate lore and consumer frenzy in his upbeat, clever rhymes; he even lists a BOGO galleon special and a night class in “protecting your booty.” His dingy paintings of surly scalawags become a bit monotonous—prepare for a surplus of buckle shoes and bandanas, muddled purple grays and murky seaweed greens—but pirate fans will yearn to shop here. Ages 4–8. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (July)
Booklist
"With the pep and flair of a slick sales pitch, this festive, fun read by best-selling author-illustrator Brown (Polka Bats and Octopus Slacks, 1999) features plentiful and playful takes on iconic pirate trappings and accoutrements. Colorful, animated, cartoonish art captures the busy chaos, and varying illustrative scenarios convey everything from items’ uses to snazzy ruffle- and eye-patch-wearing pirate shoppers and staff....
This one is a buccaneer-buffs’ delight."
The Horn Book
"An entertaining romp, even for landlubbers."
From the Publisher
"Avast! This combination of nonsense verse and everything pirate is a guaranteed winner."—Kirkus Reviews
Booklist
"With the pep and flair of a slick sales pitch, this festive, fun read by best-selling author-illustrator Brown (Polka Bats and Octopus Slacks, 1999) features plentiful and playful takes on iconic pirate trappings and accoutrements. Colorful, animated, cartoonish art captures the busy chaos, and varying illustrative scenarios convey everything from items’ uses to snazzy ruffle- and eye-patch-wearing pirate shoppers and staff....

This one is a buccaneer-buffs’ delight."

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—"Do you need top-quality pirate gear?" Bouncy rhyming verse extols the virtues of the Pirateria. "Our glorious pirate emporium/is known the world over,/from the Spanish Main/to the cliffs of Dover." Indeed, this one-stop shop carries everything from "solid maple walking planks" to "fresh lime quinine/to ward off the scurvy" to eye patches in colors such as "plunder plum" and "cannonball black." However, Pirateria is more than just a store: it provides night classes in subjects such as chart reading, smuggling molasses, and spyglass making. Brown makes the most of the premise, finding more pirate puns and references than one would think possible. Goofy swashbucklers, rendered in acrylics in sea-faring hues, cavort across the pages.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
Kirkus Reviews
One-stop shopping for all "swashbucklers and swashbucklerettes." Offering "[s]pinnakers, jibs, and rope in hanks; / solid maple walking planks" and arrays of specialty goods from eye patches to aRRgyle socks, this "wonderful, plunderful pirate emporium" merits a stop on every budding buccaneer's itinerary. Accompanying a hearty commentary that breaks into and out of rhyme but keeps to a rolling rhythm, Brown dishes up illustrations featuring an array of scurvy (if somewhat yuppified) shoppers of both sexes in nautical wear. They are browsing the Yo Ho Hosiery and Footwear department, sitting down in the food court with flagons and nasty-looking viands or accosting the glowering sales staff ("Where be the yardarm cozies?"). From pirate togs to treasure maps to night classes in map reading, here's the place to pick up anything piratical. Prices? "[W]e put the ‘arg' in ‘bargain'!" is the proud claim of this K-Mart for corsairs. Avast! This combination of nonsense verse and everything pirate is a guaranteed winner. (Picture book. 6-8)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Privateer, mutineer, buccaneer, or just a pirate-loving reader, all must know that "Pirateria is the number one pirate store." Playing with words and intermittent rhymes, Brown brings to life an emporium stocked with anything a pirate could possibly need, from clothing and lime quinine "to ward off the scurvy" to jibs and walking planks for ships. The merchandising is great fun, with weekly specials like "a fresh batch of eye patches" in assorted colors, all displayed on nine smiling pirates on the facing page. There are assorted buckled shoes, with the suggestion that you buy an extra, "in case you lose one." And don't forget message bottles in case of shipwreck. The "helpful sales staff may look like riffraff," but they'll help you find whatever you need. "Set your sails for Pirateria!" The assortment of cartoon-y pirates and even the traditional parrot are rendered with acrylic paints in a manner suggesting cut paper. The visuals mainly illustrate the humorous text by depicting how the pirates can use the suggested items in their pirate practice. The end pages are covered with monochromatic drawings of some of these items, along with advertising designed to encourage purchase of these "real deals" and a visit to the Food Court. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416978787
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,048,373
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Calef Brown is the New York Times #1 bestselling author and illustrator of Flamingos on the Roof, Tippintown, Dutch Sneakers and Fleakeepers, and Polkabats and Octopus Slacks. He is also the author and illustrator of Boy Wonders and the illustrator of Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude. He lives in Maine.

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