Robin Hook, Pirate Hunter!

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Most people know about the infamous Captain Hook, but few know of his adopted son Robin. Raised to be a merciless looter like his father, Robin Hook rebelled against his upbringing and vowed to fight piracy instead of joining in! With the help of the Lost Children, Robin Hook sets out on an adventure at sea in the name of justice, courage, and freedom.

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Overview

Most people know about the infamous Captain Hook, but few know of his adopted son Robin. Raised to be a merciless looter like his father, Robin Hook rebelled against his upbringing and vowed to fight piracy instead of joining in! With the help of the Lost Children, Robin Hook sets out on an adventure at sea in the name of justice, courage, and freedom.

A kind and honest young pirate and his ragamuffin crew thwart evil pirates by rescuing and giving riches to the innocent and the poor.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kimmel (Gershon's Monster) gleefully plunders Sherwood Forest, Peter Pan, Dr. Dolittle and pirate lore for this hybrid tale of a stout-hearted lad bent on ending piracy. Adopted as an infant by Captain James Hook, Robin develops some decidedly anti-swashbuckling traits as he grows older. "He hated making people walk the plank. He never enjoyed sinking ships. And he was kind to people and animals." Fed up, Captain Hook maroons him on an island, where Robin learns the language of animals and forms a ragtag crew of abandoned children. Their mission: to rid the seven seas of all pirates (they put itching powder in Blackbeard's beard, for instance, and erase the X on Captain Flint's treasure map). Despite some holes in the plot large enough to sail a galleon through (such as where the other children on Robin's supposedly deserted island came from and why the pirates willingly release their prisoners from a sinking ship), the story cruises along, buoyed up by Dooling's (The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin) robust oil-on-canvas paintings. Some of the action sequences, like the narrative, seem more sketched than fully rendered, veiled as they are in fog and sea spray. But Dooling's portraits of the pirates capture their colorful personalities. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
In an unbelievable swashbuckling tale of child pirates, Kimmel lives out his own childhood dream to be a pirate. With a twist of old tales, Kimmel borrows the name Robin from British mythology and the name Hook from J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan to create his protagonist, Robin Hook. Robin, raised to be a pirate, wants only to spare the world from pirate thieves. After being abandoned, he finds other children on the island and with them builds a ship and begins his efforts to control the hated pirates. Ever successful, the children become celebrated heroes who are feared by "real" pirates. Although a far-fetched tale to adults, the imagination of children, especially boys, will be sparked with this story. Dooling's oil on canvas art, including the map of Hispaniola, adds much to the tale. His use of light, dark and motion is quite good. For fans of Eric Kimmel, this original tale is one that will be enjoyed along with his retellings of old tales. 2001, Scholastic Press, $15.95. Ages 7 to 10. Reviewer: J. B. Petty
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4-While this curious blend of Peter Pan and Robin Hood will require even more suspension of disbelief than its antecedents, wanna-be swashbucklers and rogues are sure to revel in the plot and pictures. Captain Hook finds baby Robin in an octopus's arms and trains him in the ways of a pirate's life. Alas, Robin has his own code of ethics and is ultimately marooned on an island as punishment for releasing prisoners. There he takes leadership of other shipwrecked children. They undertake a "campaign to bring pirates everywhere to justice" and at the story's climax, join forces with squid, seagulls, hornets, and dolphins for a nonviolent confrontation to release prisoners from the clutches of Captain Thatch. The language is not particularly memorable, and the plot is an odd mixture of borrowed heritage and modern sensibility. (Children may wish the youngsters had been more involved in the action than the animals.) However, the dramatically lit double spreads, salty oil portraits, and the triumph of the child heroes (and one heroine) ensure program success. Pair this with Emily Arnold McCully's The Pirate Queen (Putnam, 1995) and Tom Lichtenheld's Everything I Know about Pirates (S & S, 2000) for an eye-opening perspective on a perennially popular subject.-Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
What do you get when you mix Robin Hood with Peter Pan, and throw in a dash of The Lord of the Flies? You get a new, original, tall tale from folkmeister Kimmel (Gershon's Monster: A Story for the Jewish New Year, 2000, etc.). Found as an infant cradled in the arms of a giant octopus, Robin is raised to be a pirate by the notorious James Hook. The passage of years proves that Robin is just too nice to be a pirate, and he is cast away on a desert island, where he learns the language of the animals and takes charge of a group of similarly marooned children. In their trusty craft, the Sandpiper, and aided by the birds and animals, they crusade to thwart the region's pirates. While some of the individual conceits work nicely—the children"put itching powder in Blackbeard's beard, and they erased the ‘X' on Captain Flint's treasure map so that he would never find the buried treasure"—the text never overcomes one of the basic problems inherent in so many pirate stories: the pirates are simply more interesting than Robin, who comes across as something of a namby-pamby. Dooling's (The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin, p. 119, etc.) capable oils fall victim to this syndrome as well, reveling in depictions of pirates in all their roguery but giving short shrift to the goody-goody Robin. (Young mariners will also wonder how the Sandpiper, which seems to be constructed of seaweed and sticks, manages to stay afloat.) There's lots of mischief and fun here, but its hero simply can't measure up to its villains. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590681995
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: AD450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.58 (w) x 11.55 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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