There be Pirates! Swashbucklers & Rogues of the Atlantic – JoAnn Hamilton-Barry


  There be Pirates! Swashbucklers & Rogues of the Atlantic – JoAnn Hamilton-Barry, Nimbus Publishing; (9781771085793), 2019

Format: paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? This compact nonfiction book about pirates is full of information about famous pirates and their daring adventures. Readers will learn surprising facts such as the strict rules aboard pirate ships, the horrible diet (rats were sometimes on the menu!) and that often the items of the highest value on a ship were the sea charts and tools. Some commonly touted pirate “facts” are revealed to be myths such as walking the plank and that all pirates bury treasure (very few likely did). Most chapters end with a simple pirate-related craft related to the information found in that chapter such as constructing a quill or a pouch for valuables.

A well-constructed nonfiction text, There be Pirates!, contains relatively short chapters that make effective use of headings and subheadings, bolded vocabulary words (definitions can be found in the glossary) and frequent color images. Includes recommended reading, a glossary and an index.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Kids who enjoy reading nonfiction about high interest topics will love this book.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  I wish it were hardcover.

Who should buy this book? Elementary and middle school libraries with an interest in pirates

Where would you shelve it? nonfiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA

Date reviewed: May 20, 2019

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