Tough Boris

Tough Boris

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by Mem Fox, Kathryn Brown
     
 

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Boris von der Borch is a mean, greedy old pirate - tough as nails, through and through, like all pirates. Or is he? When a young boy sneaks onto Boris' ship, he discovers that Boris and his mates aren't quite what he expected.

Mem Fox lives in Adelaide, South Australia.

Kathryn Brown lives in western Massachusetts.

Overview

Boris von der Borch is a mean, greedy old pirate - tough as nails, through and through, like all pirates. Or is he? When a young boy sneaks onto Boris' ship, he discovers that Boris and his mates aren't quite what he expected.

Mem Fox lives in Adelaide, South Australia.

Kathryn Brown lives in western Massachusetts.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Boris the pirate is as mean, greedy and scary as they come. But when his parrot dies, he mourns like anyone else. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Tough Boris is a treasure. This easy-to-read picture book features a repetitive, engaging text; a very popular subject; and an interesting subplot played out in the colorful illustrations. Boris von der Borch is a scruffy and fearless pirate who is nonetheless tender enough to cry when his pet parrot dies. While the brief text simply lists his attributes (and those of all other pirates), the energetic watercolors paint the larger picture. Boris and his crew dig up some buried loot and divide it (unevenly, of course), squabble over a prized violin, and enjoy the cabin boy's impromptu concert (after he's been caught stealing the instrument from Boris). As the story ends, the boy is taken ashore, mourning his exile from the ship but still clutching the precious violin. A compelling and entertaining tale of adventure.-Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
From the Publisher
"Resisting the temptation to reveal everything, author and illustrator instead give imaginative children something much better - a picture book that luxuriates in pure possibility.-The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152018917
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
123,912
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile:
190L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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From the Publisher
"Resisting the temptation to reveal everything, author and illustrator instead give imaginative children something much better - a picture book that luxuriates in pure possibility.-The New York Times Book Review"

Meet the Author

MEM FOX is the author of many acclaimed books, including Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Possum Magic, Koala Lou, Time for Bed, and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.

Kathryn Brown lives in western Massachusetts.

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Tough Boris 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love, love, love this book! My 3-years olds memorized the text after two readings, and they love to join in on the reading. I love the emotion conveyed through the words and pictures, and that it deals with tough things like death and crying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great illustrations and lessons simplified in Boris.
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Evans_Mom More than 1 year ago
My 2 year old got very upset. How I Became a Pirate is much more fun for toddlers.
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