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What If You Met A Pirate?

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  12 reviews
"You know all about pirates. They were big guys with fancy hats, silk jackets, peg legs, and parrots cursing on their shoulders. They sailed big ships with brass guns and made lubbers walk the plank . . . right?
Wrong. . . . "

Pirates and piracy, buried treasure, and life on the high seas are brought to life in this colorful, appealing book.

Jan Adkin's talent for combining
Paperback, 32 pages
Published June 13th 2006 by Roaring Brook Press (first published October 1st 2003)
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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
KidsNonFiction Teton County Library
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
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.
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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.
I hate pirate books.
Lots of gross-out illustrations and descriptions.
I think that it is a good because it has action in it. It tolkes a lot about pirates.
Tanya W
Interesting and educational... not a book for one sitting with kids.
Interesting but the jam packed graphics were hard to read at times.
Abraham Ray
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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