Pirates

Pirates

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by John Matthews
     
 

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Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, Black Sam Bellamy…the very names conjure up hair-raising images of razor-sharp cutlasses, buried treasure, the skull and crossbones, and walking the plank. Containing biographies of legendary buccaneers plus details on their weapons, codes of conduct, and punishments, this lavishly illustrated book beautifully captures the swashbuckling…  See more details below

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Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, Black Sam Bellamy…the very names conjure up hair-raising images of razor-sharp cutlasses, buried treasure, the skull and crossbones, and walking the plank. Containing biographies of legendary buccaneers plus details on their weapons, codes of conduct, and punishments, this lavishly illustrated book beautifully captures the swashbuckling world of pirates and paints a compelling portrait of life at sea in a bygone era.

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Publishers Weekly
Anyone who considers himself or herself a fan of pirate lore will surely savor this scrapbook-style, paper-over-board hardcover with sturdy oversize pages. Matthews offers a comprehensive read, jam-packed with more nuggets than Captain Blackbeard himself could muster up (were he available). From a historical primer to explanations of pirates' ship flags (printed on an overleaf), the author leaves virtually no stone unturned. He devotes each spread to a different theme; the text is printed atop a ghosted image of a treasure map and accented by a medley of original illustrations and photographs. The layout carefully balances an informative text with photographic and cross-hatch images so as not to overwhelm the reader with too much data. One spread boasts a mini-book of "Pirate Slang," another features a catalogue of "Pirate Weapons," to further demonstrate the spread's theme, "Terror on the High Seas!" Perhaps the most noteworthy additions are several "documents," complete with faux-waxed seal stickers, inviting inquisitive readers to examine their contents. (A standout is the replication of a map dating back to 1758, indicating "sites where treasure may still be buried.") Written in a heavy ink script, these inserts mirror the look and feel of those yo-ho-ho days. This volume is true pirate booty, a treasure to be appreciated by pirate fans both young and old. Ages 6-12. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Pirates were all about attitude. Fittingly, so is this brief introduction to the world of buccaneers by British author John Matthews. Yet it is the flashy design that will draw kids like magnets. One look at the dazzling fake ruby eye inset within the cover's bold skull and crossbones will have them clamoring to possess the book. All the little envelopes and pull-out/fold-out inserts within the thick pages will only add to the allure: articles of enlistment; a short dictionary of pirate slang (check out "kiss the gunner's daughter"); Captain Kidd's commission as a privateer; pirate weapons; a treasure map of Jamaica; period playing cards; wanted posters; a death sentence. Matthews' copy is a reasonable starting history of the subject, but it is generally overwhelmed by the busy visuals and frequent nods to the Pirates of the Caribbean films. If the end result is that a few kids might pick up Robert Lewis Stevenson's Treasure Island and actually read it, the glitz will not have been in vain. 2006, Atheneum, Ages 8 to 12.
—Kathleen Karr

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847323200
Publisher:
Carlton Books
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.25(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

John Matthews is the author of numerous books including the #1 New York Times Best-Seller, PIRATES and the highly successful King Arthur for Carlton Books. He has a long-held fascination for the subject of King Arthur. He lives in London, England.

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Pirates 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One way to think of 'Pirates' is as a history of pirates, pirate lore, and of sailing the seven seas in the late 1700's. The book is full of historical information about this golden age of pirates. There's a primer that explains pirate ship flags, another that explains all the parts of sailing ships, and another that explains pirate slang. 'Pirates' is complete with flaps and pullouts, a replication of an actual pirate map, and lots more. The wanted poster for Blackbeard is a nice extra touch. 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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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is AWESOME! i just had to have it when i saw it in the shop. its really captivating and looks into the real life of a pirate and its got lots of stuff on famous pirates too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen it at the store but I couldn't buy it.. I looked at it and envied the people buying it. I can't wait until I've saved up enough money!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i saw it at the store and i did not hesitate to buy it, it has so much stuff to look at and a ton of info i did not know