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Title:
Everything I know about pirates : a collection of made-up facts, educated guesses, and silly pictures about bad guys of the high seas
Author:
Lichtenheld, Tom.
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Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
A collection of made-up facts, educated guesses, and silly pictures about pirates.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
NC 930 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 6.1 0.5 48272.

Reading Counts RC K-2 4.9 2 Quiz: 22794 Guided reading level: P.
ISBN:
9780689826252
Format :
Book

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Summary

Why do pirates always wear eye patches?
What are pirates so grumpy about?
Where do pirates go to get their ears pierced?
How do pirates keep their underwear from getting mixed up when they sail off to pirate summer camp?
You're not the only one who wonders about these things. Author/illustrator Tom Lichtenheld wondered so much, he had to write a book about them. The result is Everything I Know About Pirates, a hilarious encyclopedia of piratedom. Thoroughly researched using educated guesses and made-up facts, the book reveals everything you'd ever want to know about those notorious bad guys of the high seas.
So grab your eye patch, matey, and prepare to learn the truth about the meanest and goofiest characters this side of Treasure Island.


Author Notes

Tom Lichtenheld has illustrated several bestselling picture books, including One Big Pair of Underwear ; Shark vs. Train ; Duck! Rabbit! ; and Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site . He lives with his wife in Illinois. Visit him at TomLichtenheld.com.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. The subtitle of this droll book says it all. There's funny language and a glossary with such words as Avast! and Ahoy! There's an interesting note about the derivation of the term scaredy-pants and a fair amount about general pirate "stinkitude" as well as some insight into the evolution of pirate flags and treasure maps. The illustrations, rendered in "ink, colored pencil, gouache, pastels, and ear wax," are suitably exaggerated and liberally, er, salted with helpful commentary. Figure one, for example, shows a pirate boot with a hole in it--"ventilated to prevent toe crud." Lichtenheld even includes a chart showing how to make up a pirate name (there's only one girl name, of course, and the author warns children about that one). We're talking boy fantasy here, not Anne Bonny. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido


Publisher's Weekly Review

"This picture book spoof of a reference on all things piratical will shiver the timbers and tickle the funnybones of those salts, both young and old, with a penchant for silliness," according to PW. Ages 4-8. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-The subtitle succinctly describes this silly book. The tongue-in-cheek humor will appeal to those who like to be grossed out by boogers, earwax, chest hair, body odor, and seagull poop. Some jokes may need to be explained to younger children: "Sometimes a pirate would refuse to use a map at all and just wander aimlessly around the ocean, refusing to even stop to ask directions. These were usually Dad pirates." A two-page "Official Pirate Glossary" reflects the mixture of fact and fiction throughout: "Buccaneer 1. A fancy French word for `pirate.' 2. How much a pirate pays to get his ears pierced." This spoof is not to be confused with factual books about pirates, even though the CIP recommends a 910.4'5 Dewey classification. The cartoon-style illustrations, rendered in "ink, colored pencil, gouache, pastels, and ear wax," are large and plentiful with amusing captions. Don't walk the plank for this one.-Eunice Weech, M. L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.