Tough Boris (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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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.

Although he is a very tough pirate, Boris von ...

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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' 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.

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

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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
Hazel Rochman
This picture book is full of surprises, both in the simple text and in the dramatic underlying story the pictures tell. On one level, it's a celebration of a glorious villain; like all pirates, tough Boris is massive and scruffy and greedy and fearless and scary. Brown's bold watercolor paintings show him in all his hideous glory, huge bristles sticking out of his chin, anger in his eyes, cutlass in his hand, as he handles his motley crew. But when his parrot dies, "he cried and cried. All pirates cry." As you go back over the pictures, you notice that his cheeky green parrot has always been with Boris, usually on his shoulder or perched on a finger. You also notice another whole story, not mentioned in the text. A small barefoot boy with a violin case stows away on the pirate ship. Tough Boris makes the boy play his instrument, and all the fierce crew members stand still and listen. When Boris' parrot dies, the boy and the pirate grieve together, their shoulders bowed. The boy also cries at the end when the pirate ship brings him back home and leaves him with his violin and bow alone on the shore. Unfortunately, the design is confusing; the boy appears on the imprint page but then remains hidden until the middle of the book; some kids may be puzzled about where he comes from. However, for those who look carefully, the wordless story is a poignant counterpoint to the swashbuckling adventure scenes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613105354
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,059,729
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years

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 August 11, 2014

    Love, love, love this book! My 3-years olds memorized the text a

    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.

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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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