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Pirateria: The Wonderful Plunderful Pirate Emporium (with audio recording)

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  143 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
Visit this one-stop pirate shop for all your swashbuckling needs, from #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Calef Brown.

Are you a Privateer?
A Mutineer?
Or a happy-go-lucky Buccaneer?
Do you need top quality pirate gear?
Well never fear,
Pirateria is here!
Welcome to Pirateria, the most glorious pirate emporium on the seven seas! When pirates need superior
ebook, 40 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Aug 15, 2015 Carmen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pirate Enthusiasts
Sharp-eyed sea rovers
go overboard
for our sword selection.
Have you seen the new cutlasses?
Great for sticking into atlases
to mark a spot.
What else is hot?
Matching scimitar
and scabbard sets
for swashbucklers
and swashbucklerettes.

This book had so much potential and I think it fell just short of the mark.

It is about a Pirate Emporium and is basically an advertisement for said emporium.


1.) It's funny.

What be the cost of a grog thermos?


What about:

Any questions?
Our helpful sales staff may
Kevin Doyle
Feb 06, 2014 Kevin Doyle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pirate loving boys and girls, text grows long in parts so best for 3 or 4 yrs or older
Both our 7 1/2 yr old daughter and 3 12 yr old son liked this book a lot. Our young boy particularly enjoyed it, but I think that was mainly due to my amazing pirate accent!

Here are the two things I appreciated most about this one.

1 - I love great art in a picture book and Mr. Brown has a fantastic, unique style which is pretty much perfect for this pirate book. There's plenty of diversity and fun details in his illustrations and each big double spread is a joy to study. Big pirates, short ones,
Apr 28, 2015 Brianna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, reviewed
Catchy and rhyming and one thing all kids love, pirates! I have yet to meet a child who didn't like pirate stories. And this isn't just pirates, it's where they shop to get all their scary and sea tools. The colors are dark, which goes well with the most popular pirate stories and such I have seen and heard. I had fun reading this book to my son, but I do have to say that it is one of the few books he didn't want to read again. But he is only two so that might have a little to do with that, even ...more
Amy Forrester
Sep 09, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where do pirates get the latest fashion in hooks and eye patches? Where can they go to find the best cutlasses and scimitars? Why, Pirateria, of course! You’ll see pirates of all shapes and sizes trying on the latest “duds for saber clashers” and sneak attack disguises. Browse the aisles of this amazing store that puts the “arg” in “bargain.”

Brown’s rhyming text is humorous and clever, full of word play and pirate jargon sure to delight readers of all ages. The acrylic illustrations include witt
Jan 04, 2013 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
Learn how to talk like a pirate with this sea chanty advertisement in the form of a picture book. Pirateria: The Wonderful Plunderful Pirate Emporium features a diverse cast of swashbucklers, marketing everything a buccaneer needs- from eye patches to night classes. Early elementary school students will appreciate the whimsical rhymes while children in upper grades will recognize the satirical placement of sales jargon and disclaimers. Calef Brown’s corresponding illustrations juxtapose colorful ...more
Jenn Clauss
Pirateria is a rhyming picture book that's fun to read aloud and perform. It has no real plot-- it's more of a satire of advertisements. The rhyming scheme feels a little bit awkward at times. Nevertheless, it's still an entertaining read.
Ms Threlkeld
May 05, 2015 Ms Threlkeld rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Love the concept, humor and unpredictable rhyme schemes! There are a ton of words in this book that kids will need help with. Great read aloud for teaching about advertising/persuasive writing.
Aug 09, 2015 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I read it once and didn't get it. Twice, and was impressed. A third time out loud and was smitten. Read it out loud, then you'll see.
Jun 03, 2014 Stacy rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
What a disappointment. I love the concept of this book and it fell flat. Boring, poor illustrations, forced rhymes . . . need I go on?
The words! The rhyming! It was fun to teach new words to my kids (as there are quite a few words-less-used).
Nov 24, 2015 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had FANTASTIC concept. It also had a less than fantastic execution.
WOuld be perfect for a pirate theme. Not too wordy.
Mike Seelaus
Oct 01, 2014 Mike Seelaus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
New favorite book to read to my son.
Sep 18, 2012 Ina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storytime-reads
With rhyming text and detailed illustrations, this book worked with my young storytime audience in spite of some very sophisticated concepts and higher than usual vocabulary. Privateer, mutineer, buccaneer seeking top quality pirate The kids listened to every word, describing this "glorious pirate emporium" and all the gear and classes available as well as specials. There was even a page of pirates modeling the latest in eye patches which the audience enthusiastically counted. What a ...more
Feb 22, 2015 Christyc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
Word choice. Persuasion.
Jan 23, 2014 Nora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jp
If pirates and buccaneers need to shop they go to the Pirateria--everything a mutineer needs like an eyepatch or a pegleg.
This is such a great concept--at least I thought so at first. Of course the trouble with a book that is written to be a pretend ad is that it reads ad. The poetry can be a little forced at times. And it reminds me of Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer.

That being said, my 3 and 1/2 year old and 2 year old LOVE the pictures. They also like to put the ""ARG" in bargain!"

Not a family favorite, but surely worth a quick perusal at the library to see if your family would like it.
Lauren Candia
Reads like an ad for the best pirate store ever.

A rhyming tour through the one-stop pirate shop! Text is heavy with pirate lingo, which is this book's primary selling point. The illustrations are full color and resemble child drawings, which I think young readers will enjoy.

May be a good read aloud for early elementary grades. Recommended for priate gfans or Talk Like Pirate Day!
Mar 29, 2013 Andi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
We absolutely loved this book!! The illustrations are charming, quirky and detailed, lots of color and expression! It reads more like an ad or a comical catalogue of pirate goods than a story. Lots of stereotypical pirate language in unexpected spots, like the inside cover's "arrgyle sock sale" and "extra fine quinine." Loved, loved it!
Oct 26, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really cute book about pirates and all the things you need to be a pirate which you can get at the pirate store! I think this is a great book for K-3. I think it is appealing because its a fun way to talk about the different things pirates need. I think this would be a fun book to have around Halloween!
Oct 29, 2012 Phoebe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Three pages in and my 7-yr.-old listener was bored stiff. Muddy art with dim colors and a seriously monotonous text just kills this good idea of a pirate mall with pirate merchandise--poor delivery. Still, the rhymes are clever; the book's concept goes hand-in-hand with The Pirates! movie.
Sep 21, 2012 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pb
This book is so great. There are a lot of details that the author used to make it even more special. like 15 "aye-tems" or less. Some of the words might be hard to pronounce for beginning readers, but very enjoyable for an adult and child to share.
I do like Calef Brown, but I think I like his books of shorter poems better than this offering, which is one long picture book poem. Still, it will very likely delight young pirate-lovers.
Nov 30, 2012 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
I was entertained by this book, but my kids were only semi-interested. I think a lot of the vocabulary was over their heads. Good premise, just didn't live up to what it could have been.
Aug 25, 2012 Ensignlibrary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for all phrases pirate turned into a great lyrical montage. I particularly like it since we have a pirate treasure theme in the school library this year.
Aug 09, 2013 Alyssa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: easy
Not too groundbreaking, but it has some very funny lines like, "we put the 'arg' in 'bargain.'" This would be great to read at an older storytime.
May 19, 2013 Lorna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks
I adore Calef Brown's poetry books, and this picture book was great, colorful rhyming fun. Pirate fans and Calef Brown fans will delight.
"At Pirateria, we put the 'arg' in 'bargain'!"
So fun to think of where privateers get their pirate gear, and the word play is wonderful.
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