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When a bunch of mean and rotten pirates, led by a captain who is afraid of blood, raid anabandoned ship, they find far more than they bargained for on board. They find a baby girl whom they happily adopt and call Violet:"Vile" for short. Soon the pirates are busy caring for the little girl and teaching her lots of piratical ways. Great times are had as the pirates and Violet happily sail the seven seas in their trusty ship, the Sleek Sally. The wonderful adventures that they ...
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When a bunch of mean and rotten pirates, led by a captain who is afraid of blood, raid anabandoned ship, they find far more than they bargained for on board. They find a baby girl whom they happily adopt and call Violet:"Vile" for short. Soon the pirates are busy caring for the little girl and teaching her lots of piratical ways. Great times are had as the pirates and Violet happily sail the seven seas in their trusty ship, the Sleek Sally. The wonderful adventures that they share make for hilarious reading.

Ideal for first readers, this fast-paced, action-packed, and belly-laugh-aloud book will warm the cockles of landlubbers' hearts everywhere.

Author Biography: Richard Hamilton is the author of a number of books for children, including Polly's Picnic. He lives in England.

Sam Hearn recently graduated from art college in London and he now works as an illustrator with a part-time job in a children's book store. He has illustrated other black-and-white fiction for young readers but this is his first book for Bloomsbury.

A group of unusual pirates, whose captain cannot stand the sight of blood, finds a baby girl stranded aboard an empty ship and decides to raise her.

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Who would believe that two ships full of mean and rotten pirates would actually save a baby? It happened here, in Violet and the Mean and Rotten Pirates. A baby girl is saved by pirates after her parents and the other passengers in her boat walk the plank. The captain of these pirates claims to be the meanest man in the seas. He definitely does not feel that babies belong on his ship. Neither does he feel that toddlers belong on his ship, but he never does take Violet back to shore. After many years of living aboard, Violet lives the ways of a pirate. She dresses, talks, and acts like one. Finally, the captain accepts her and grows to love her. He cares so much that he finally retires and discovers that being a pirate is not all that he is good for, and Violet finds a place in society. How silly can an author get? Richard Hamilton takes the cake in this book—who would believe that a bunch of pirates would kill everyone on a boat except a baby? Then go on to have another ship of pirates save the baby? This story has a slow beginning, but young readers need to keep reading, for the story picks up and delivers a terrific ending. 2003, Bloomsbury Books, Ages 8 to 10.
— Julia Beiker
School Library Journal
Gr 3-4-This attempt at a tongue-in-cheek, swashbuckling adventure falls flat. A group of rather tame, tough-talking pirates, headed by a captain who is afraid of the sight of blood, finds a baby on an abandoned ship and adopts her. Predictably, they come to love Violet (or Vile, as they call her) and bring her up as one of their own ("I reckon you is now a fit an' proper pirate, mean and rotten to the core, and ready for raidin'!"). When the captain's hand is cut during a foray, he loses his taste for his work. After Violet learns to read and books open her eyes to the world around her, she convinces the men to settle down in an English fishing village where they set up a pirate circus. The dialogue is stilted, and many readers may be confused by the numerous dropped consonants. There is neither sufficient action nor character development to sustain interest, and the cartoon spot art is equally unengaging. Youngsters who enjoy wacky stories in this vein should stick with Margaret Mahy's The Great Piratical Rumbustification (Godine, 2000) or Tingleberries, Tuckertubs and Telephones (Viking, 1998).-Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An orphaned child raised by pirates makes an uncommonly memorable lead in this British-style farce. Taught by her rough-and-tumble shipmates, eight-year-old Violet spits out the bugs she finds in her biscuits with an oath, expertly ties knots, goes to bed when she feels like it, and hardly ever bothers with a bath. She knows nothing about trees or flowers, but everything about wind and sea life. She can also swing about the rigging like a monkey-a talent that comes in handy when the Pirate Captain, who can't stand the sight of, can't even say the word b . . . bl . . . blood, sustains a minor wound that puts him off pirating altogether. Hamilton artfully implies violence without showing much, and Hearn's cartoon line drawings reinforce the light tone. Forced to find a way to make money rather than take it, the pirates ultimately convert their ship to a floating Big Top, and come to realize that Violet is their real treasure. Delighted readers will have realized that long since. (Fiction. 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754064565
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks America
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Format: Cassette
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 6.48 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Hamilton is the author of a number of books for children, including Polly's Picnic. He lives in England.

Sam Hearn recently graduated from art college in London and he now works as an illustrator with a part-time job in a children's book store. He has illustrated other black-and-white fiction for young readers but this is his first book for Bloomsbury.

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

    This is a great book!

    Violet and the Mean and Rotten Pirates

    "Violet and the Mean and Rotten Pirates" is a good book. It was written by Richard Hamilton. It is about a group of pirates that find a baby on a deserted ship. The pirates raise Violet as a pirate and treat her as a queen. She does not know anything about land and does not know how to read. It is a real interesting book!
    I would suggest reading this book. It is a real good book for younger readers because the pages are not that long and it has a few pictures to look at. It makes you want to turn the page because you want to know what will happen to Violet.

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