Tough Boris

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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's ship, he discovers that Boris and his mates aren't quite what he expected.

Although he is a very tough pirate, Boris von der Borch cries when his parrots dies.

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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's ship, he discovers that Boris and his mates aren't quite what he expected.

Although he is a very tough pirate, Boris von der Borch cries when his parrots dies.

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Editorial Reviews

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
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152018917
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 144,736
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 190L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.12 (w) x 10.03 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

MEM FOX is the author of many acclaimed books, including 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    great for many ages...

    Great illustrations and lessons simplified in Boris.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

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    Too sad for toddlers. I returned this book.

    My 2 year old got very upset. How I Became a Pirate is much more fun for toddlers.

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