Bad Pirate by Kari-Lynn Winters, illustrated by Dean Griffiths


a1wxgs4ckkl     Bad Pirate by Kari-Lynn Winters, illustrated by Dean Griffiths, Pajama Press, 9781927485712, 2015

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or starred review) 3

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? Written in the jargon and accent of a true pirate, this book is a great read aloud book that will keep young children entertained. The illustrations are large and colorful so children hearing this book at a story hour in a library will be able to see the pictures with no problem. This is the story of a girl pirate, who is the captain’s daughter. She is tolerated because of her relationship to the Captain, but no one gives her any credit for being a good pirate. Her qualities of being shy, kind, and helpful pay off in the end when she saves the day with her goodness.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  This wouldn’t be appropriate for an English language learner, as the jargon and non-traditional use of grammar would confuse a non-native speaker.

To Whom Would You Recommend this book? This is recommended for ages 5-8. Children who love pirates and have read the “Good Pirate” book will love this book.

Who should buy this book? This would be good for elementary school libraries and public libraries that have a children’s section.

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: Feb. 25, 2017

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