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What If You Met A Pirate?

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  52 Ratings  ·  16 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 w
Paperback, 32 pages
Published June 13th 2006 by Roaring Brook Press (first published October 1st 2003)
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Pyrate Queen
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, juvenile
Factual information on pirate lives, how they came to become pirates (from working in the English army) and what other national governments had pirates in their employ. This book also talked about the most notorious pirates like Blackbeard and some of the female pirates like Anne Bonny. The most interesting fact was learning about they lived on board the ship.
Very good history nonfiction book for the fact hungry reader. Short but dense. Full of info about everything from how ships maneuvered, to what pirates ate, to the politics of pirating. Bios of the most famous pirates. Detailed hand drawn illustrations. Does not glamorize “piracy has always been associated with the stink and sadness of slavery.”
Emily H
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
The life and lifestyle of a pirate are very intriguing to children (and adults!). This author/illustrator starts by taking our cultural image of a pirate (one we obtained through movies, texts, etc.) and comparing it to what would be more historically accurate. Furthermore, he delves into other pirate related topics including battles, weapons, ships, pirate economics, and pirating history. His writing is descriptive and funny, keeping factual information from sounding dull.

Although the author s
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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
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
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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.
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.
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I think that it is a good because it has action in it. It tolkes a lot about pirates.
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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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