The book of pirates A guide to plundering, pillaging, and other pursuits

Jamaica Rose

Book - 2010

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Children's Room j910.453/Rose Due Sep 17, 2022
Layton, Utah : Gibbs Smith c2010.
1st ed
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
224 p. : ill., maps, ports., plans, music ; 21 cm
Main Author
Jamaica Rose (-)
Other Authors
Michael MacLeod, 1953- (-)
  • Intro: no prey, no pay
  • Pirate facts and fiction
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Rogues' haven
  • Becomin' a pirate and keepin' the code
  • Dress like a pirate
  • Sharp pointy things and things that go ka-boom!
  • Land of the freebooters
  • Talk like a pirate
  • Notorious ladies of the sea
  • "X" marks the spot
  • Hoist yer colors
  • Give 'em a broadside!
  • What table manners?
  • Shiver me timbres!
  • Games pirates played
  • 'Ello, beastie
  • Are pirates long gone? think again!
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 5–10—This delightful book, written partly in pirate dialect, is full of creative activities, interspersed with plenty of fascinating historical facts. Constructing a foundation for the intrigue to come, the introduction defines piracy. The opening chapter is a true-or-false account of some of the many well-known myths about pirates: that they wore boots, eye patches, hooks, peg legs, etc. Subsequently, the authors discuss the origins and history of these rogues, the lives of famous pirates (including females), rules and codes and behavior, and present-day piracy. Those planning to attend an event as a pirate can follow the instructions for proper attire, along with diagrams and directions for makeup and the construction of a foam cutlass (ask Mom or Dad to help...). Jokes, games, songs, and a recipe for making cannonballs (from peanut butter) add to the fun. Though the activities will appeal to elementary students, the format, dense text, font size, and vocabulary seem more appropriate for an older audience. Black-and-white drawings, maps, and diagrams appear throughout, and numerous dusty mauve text boxes and page inserts create the look of an aging book. A glossary of pirate terms and a copious index are included. This title has a lot to offer; it just might have trouble finding its audience.—Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NE [Page 131]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Briefly introduces pirates throughout history, and discusses notable individuals, pirate ships and tactics, piracy in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and Asia, and pirates as they appear in popular culture.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

On this here ship, we follow the pirate's code: No frolikin' in the bilges, no songs about scurvy, and most important, each buccaneer must keep his pistol ready for action at all times. Break the code, me bucko, and you'll be forced to walk the plank.In The Big Book of Pirate Stuff, Captain Michael MacLeod and Jamaica Rose teach the fine art of pirateering, from plundering, pillaging, and gambling to digging for buried treasure. A dabble of history, a smatterin' of activities, and a healthy dose of derring-do make this book a must-read for aspiring pirates.