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What If You Met a Knight?

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Forget jousts and quests and dragons--a real knight had real work to do, lots of mouths to feed, and trouble could ride over the hill at any moment. Castles were dark, armor was uncomfortable, and jousts and tournaments (not to mention real battles) were dangerous--and expensive. As in the popular and successful What If You Met a Pirate? an informative, entertaining text a ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by Roaring Brook Press (first published October 1st 2003)
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May 23, 2014 Oliver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It had lots of learning! I learned that pirates didn't attack ships almost every day, but they would be lucky to attack a ship every month. I also learned that pirates didn't actually kill people when they attacked ships, but just scared them by waving weapons around, and throwing stinky balls at the Sailors.They had three flags: a disguise Spanish flag, a flag that meant they would let the sailors go if they gave them money, and a flag meant that if they don't give them the money, the pirates w ...more
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Teton County Library Call No: J 364.164 Adkins
Kurt's Rating: 5 Stars

Author/Illustrator Jan Adkins begins this book by comparing the image one is likely to have gained of the average pirate through movies or novels with that of the average pirate as seen through historical fact. He uses humorous language and imagery to help convey these differences. He then goes on to provide information about pirate ships, weaponry, and tactics in fighting (or avoiding!) battles in their quest for booty. He also
Debbie DeKoeyer
Jul 11, 2016 Debbie DeKoeyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just when you think you know about pirates......this book is full of lost of interesting facts. Did you know 'real' pirates never made people walk the plank. It was made up for a book!
Kelsey Yates
Mar 11, 2015 Kelsey Yates rated it liked it
Funny and informative
Sarah Maddaford
The only real problem with this book is that there is no list of references or a set of qualifications for the author/illustrator to prove that he knows what he is talking about. It seems that the author is very knowledgeable and has done his research, but Adkins does not offer his qualifications or research for a reader seeking more information. The author presents the information in a very interesting format that speaks to the reader while dispelling common myths about pirate life.
Aug 10, 2012 William rated it it was ok
Shelves: children
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What If You Met a Pirate? is filled with lots of facts about pirates through the ages. The movie image of a pirate is not what pirates are really like.

Used for "Pirates: Arrrrggg Mateys" Storytime-June, 2010.
This Goodreads page has the wrong cover on it -
the book is fun! very informative about actual pirates and their lives. The illustrations are good and some good information. The layout is really nice.
Oct 10, 2012 Bree rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate pirate books.
Lots of gross-out illustrations and descriptions.
Sep 30, 2011 Azcuiseao rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that it is a good because it has action in it. It tolkes a lot about pirates.
Tanya W
Jul 14, 2010 Tanya W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and educational... not a book for one sitting with kids.
Sep 21, 2007 Trina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting but the jam packed graphics were hard to read at times.
Abraham Ray
Apr 30, 2015 Abraham Ray rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, history
nice book of medieval times and people.
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Jan Adkins, called “the consummate teacher” by David Macaulay, is the author and illustrator of more than three dozen books covering history, technology, and many other topics. They include Bridges From My Side to Yours and What If You Met a Pirate. Jan Adkins lives in Novato, California.
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