The Pirate, Pink

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Pink the Terrible longs for a life of adventure on the high seas with her father, but she soon finds that she will have to be a different kind of pirate.

Pink, the daughter of the fierce pirate Red Beard, becomes a pirate as well and charts her own destiny.

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Pink the Terrible longs for a life of adventure on the high seas with her father, but she soon finds that she will have to be a different kind of pirate.

Pink, the daughter of the fierce pirate Red Beard, becomes a pirate as well and charts her own destiny.

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Publishers Weekly
Like father, like daughter? Not for this pirate duo. Young Pink is eager to accompany the dread pirate Red Beard to sea, and imagines that she'll soon learn "to be just like dear old dad." Her approach to piracy is a little different, however she warns potential prize ships off, and successfully protests when an elderly countess (who subsequently and inexplicably disappears from the story) is forced to walk the plank. Choppy writing and a limp plot quickly scuttle this production. More problematically, the author's reinforcement of traditional gender roles undercuts the apparent message about self-determination. Ladylike Pink doesn't like the "scary old flag with its skull and crossbones aflap in the wind" and replaces it with "a bit of lace from Dad Beard's shirt," for instance, and the story culminates with her forsaking pirate-style adventure and returning home "to her mother's knee," where she dreams of a ship with a flag "sewn of a pale rose silk." As a pirate, Pink may not choose to shiver anybody's timbers, but she doesn't shiver her audience's, either. Debut illustrator Mason's exaggerated watercolors add a measure of humor, but ultimately can't plug the many leaks in this boat. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
What were pirates anyway and how can one present them to younger readers? Somewhere in the nineteenth century these cruel predators were romanticized and often became symbols of adventure for children. With what we know of them in reality, however, it seems inappropriate to turn them into slapstick villains to portray a spunky girl's rebellion—she just wouldn't have survived the real thing. And how will small children react to a terrified, tied-up queen and a benign old lady forced to walk the plank even in these frenetic, cartoon-like pictures? Dear old Dad, the pirate captain, is presented as both cruel and a folksy father; Pink, the daughter, performs impossible feats and then goes home to blissful Mom, after which she intends to sail the seas herself in search of travel poster adventures. The text is an odd sort of free verse, which, lacking rhyme or discernible rhythm, seems unlikely to appeal to its audience. Without the wit of The Pirates of Penzance or the magic of Peter Pan, this muddled message with its Halloween-costume pirates just doesn't make it. Best to leave these terrorists of a former age to the non-fiction authors and let a high-spirited girl find her social conscience elsewhere. 2001, Pelican, $14.95. Ages 4 to 7. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Pink, the daughter of Red Beard the Pirate, seems eager to take up a life of terror, swearing, and singing out of tune on the high seas. But once onboard, she finds the Jolly Roger scary and befriends a hostage countess and saves her new friend from walking the plank. She promises her frustrated father "to be as bad as she could," but after a dream in which she stabs the man in the moon, she begs to return home. On the final page, the child plans to go to sea under her own flag, "Sewn of a pale rose silk." The brief text is rhymed in parts and formatted as blank verse on some pages, while on still other pages, the text looks and reads like straight prose. The story seems to lurch from one idea to another, making it hard to develop a consistent picture of the protagonist. Is she too tenderhearted to be a pirate or just plain silly? The full-page, full-color illustrations have a great deal of cartoonlike energy, but add little for young readers who might enjoy a story about a different sort of pirate. Try Daniel Laurence's Captain and Matey Set Sail (HarperCollins, 2001) for a terrific pirate tale with a sensitive side.-Kathie Meizner, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Chevy Chase, MD Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565548794
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 855,726
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Day lives in Okeechobee, Florida, surrounded by the ranches and prairies where she set her third book, Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter. Day is the author of The Pirate, Pink; Pirate Pink and Treasures of the Reef; and Kissimmee Pete and the Hurricane, also published by Pelican. Having published poetry and short fiction, Day offers writing workshops for schoolchildren and participates in a variety of publishing panels. Her first children's book, The Pirate, Pink, was selected for the Children's Book Council's Children's Choices 2002 program.

Janeen Mason has worked with Jan Day on several Pelican titles, including The Pirate, Pink; Pirate Pink and Treasures of the Reef; Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter; and Kissimmee Pete and the Hurricane. An award-winning artist, Mason is a popular speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences, and she exhibits her art nationwide. She is also the author and illustrator of Ocean Commotion: Sea Turtles, which has been called a "visually stunning sea turtle odyssey" by the president of the Ocean Research & Conservation Association. Mason lives in Stuart, Florida.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2003

    Thanks Anyway, Matey

    My three-year-old is obsessed with all things piratical, so when I saw this book with lovely illustrations about a girl pirate, I thought I had hit the jackpot. The story, however, is so poorly written that it barely made sense even to my husband and I. As it turns out, the fanciful drawings are a bit too obscure for youngsters to really identify with, and the story, written in pseudo-poetic style, comes off as completely nonsensical.

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