The Jolley-Rogers and the Pirate Piper by Jonny Duddle

The Jolley-Rogers and the Pirate Piper by Jonny Duddle. Templar Books, 9781536212365, 2020

Format: Paperback

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

Genre: Fantasy 

What did you like about the book? This book has a good amount of appropriate creepy and scary elements for young readers. Between a pirate, a rat infestation, and the mystery of missing children, there are factors that will appeal to many readers. The prologue features a pirate who then doesn’t appear for a few more chapters, creating a sense of intrigue and wonder. The chapter book has a larger font size for younger readers, and almost every page includes black and white illustrations. A few of the pages have a black background with white text and illustrations to add to the mysterious setting. This is the fourth book in the Jolley-Rogers series, though it was enjoyable on its own without having read the first three books. 

Anything you did not like about the book. At the beginning of the book, many adult characters are introduced and it is a bit confusing to know where the focus is. The main characters do not appear until almost 10 pages in and are featured more in the second half of the story. Additionally, though the font is large and it appears to be written as an early chapter book, there are a lot of tough vocabulary words for younger readers to read independently. 

To whom would you recommend this book? This would be great for a child interested in chapter books to read with an adult. It would especially appeal to readers who like and know about ships but are looking for a narrative story. I’d recommend it to readers who read and enjoyed some of the Branches fantasy or adventure series like Eerie Elementary or Dragon Masters.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school librarians, public librarians

Where would you shelve it? Chapter Books, Junior Chapter Books, or Fantasy (if genrefied)

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sarah Bickel, Greenlodge Elementary School, Dedham Massachusetts

Date of review: Oct. 23, 2020

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