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The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists & The Pirates! I... by Gideon Defoe
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Oct 05, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: adultfic, ya, booktalked
Read in January, 2006

Pure cheese, and I like cheese. Laugh out loud funny. Nothing particularly fantastic about the subject or the writing, but it will put a grin on your face. Booktalk from library school below.

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists by Gideon Defoe.

The Pirate Captain is a lot like today’s youth. Well, maybe not that much. Or at all. You be the judge. Like many, The Pirate Captain has a motto. ‘I like ham.’ he sails a ship around, plundering the Spanish Main. Although he agrees that just about everything about pirating is great – drinking the grog, eating the biscuits, stabbing with the cutlasses – the best part is pirate songs, the shanties. Arrr! Just like you, he’s got his own crew – including the pirate with the scarf, the albino pirate, the pirate with the accordion, and the pirate in red – ham lovers all. Most importantly, he has a nemesis. Yarr, Black Bellamy. A pirate so dastardly he won’t even follow the pirate code.

But the Pirate Captain doesn’t worry his pretty little beard over his nemesis, because Black Bellamy has invited his crew over for a sumptuous pirate feast – with no shortage of the good stuff! You guessed it, ham! At the feast, Black Bellamy tells the Pirate Captain about a treasure ship ripe for the looting. And off the pirates set sail … for adventure! Well, south… towards the Galapagos Islands, where they discover they’ve been hoodwinked. They’ve pillaged and wrecked the ship of none other than young Charles Darwin, a soon-to-be famous scientist! Meanwhile, Black Bellamy has commandeered the real treasure ship and is having quite a laugh back in Europe. With nothing better to do and no feasts to attend, the Pirate Captain agrees to team up with Darwin to save Darwin’s brother from the Evil Bishop of Oxford. Will the pirates be able to pass themselves off as scientists and help Darwin? Will the Bishop succeed with some evil scheme he probably has? Will there be enough ham for the journey? Find out, in The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists by Gideon Defoe.
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