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Title:
Roger, the Jolly Pirate
Author:
Helquist, Brett.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
While his shipmates face their toughest enemy, Roger has a chance to prove himself in a most unlikely way after being banished, as usual, below decks during the fighting.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 730 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.7 0.5 78094.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.7 1 Quiz: 41312.
ISBN:
9780066238050

9780066238067

9780064438513
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Roger is a lousy pirate. In fact, whenever there is any real pirating to do, the other pirates scowl and send him away. Roger wishes he could think of something - anything - that would prove he is a good pirate. So when, in the middle of a great battle, Roger has a jolly idea, no-one - not even Roger himself - has a clue that he will soon change the face of pirating forever! This is the first picture book both written and illustrated by Brett Helquist, who is best known for his drawings in Lemony Snicket's bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events . Here, his full-colour spreads capture fierce battles, magnificent ships, and the warmth and humour of one very unusual pirate. Ages 4-7


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Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. For a pirate on the high seas, being jolly is an insult: He smiled instead of scowling, and he grinned instead of growling. The other pirates don't want Jolly Roger around when there is serious fighting to be done, and they send him into the hold. Then comes the day Jolly bakes a cake for his mates with everything he can find, and the concoction explodes and shoots him back on deck covered in flour and soot. The terrified enemy abandons ship, and Jolly is a hero at last--even if he still can't tell the starboard from the larboard, the windward from the leeward or the mizzen from the mast. With scenes of swords crossed in battle and wild slapstick action, the illustrator of the popular Lemony Snicket series puts comic disaster into a lively picture book that's just for children who will appreciate the sweet bumbling outsider who isn't bad enough to get respect. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

The illustrator of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, Helquist escapes the confines of those small-format titles to produce exceptionally dynamic spreads for his first book as both author and artist. Unfortunately, the story may well leave readers at sea. Because Roger the pirate is always in a bubbly good mood, "his shipmates called him Jolly Roger. They didn't mean it nicely." Despite being surrounded by sneering buccaneers who pick their teeth with scimitars and glare from under bushy eyebrows, Roger happily plays his squeezebox on the deck, accompanied by a crowing white rooster (not a parrot) on his shoulder. His earnest smile and elfin features contrast with the foxy smirks of his beaky-nosed compatriots, who exclude him from their villainy: "If they planned to board an enemy vessel, make a prisoner walk the plank, or bury stolen treasure, they always sent Jolly Roger down to the ship's hold." One day, the pirates are attacked by the British navy, commanded by an upstanding admiral. Roger, sent belowdecks as usual, decides to win over his shipmates by baking a cake. When Roger lights a match, the resulting explosion leaves him covered in flour and looking like a skeleton, which frightens the good guys into abandoning ship--and inspires the skull-and-crossbones flag now known as the "Jolly Roger." Roger, who wants only to be liked, ends up finding a place among these sinister pirates; it's as if Peter Pan has enlisted with Captain Hook. Ages 4-7. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-Roger, a "lousy pirate," is derisively given the nickname "Jolly Roger" by his shipmates. Although he tries to be a proper buccaneer, he is inevitably sent below deck whenever there is serious marauding to be done. When the Admiral attacks the ship, Roger is once again sent to the hold. In an attempt to win the favor of his crewmates, he bakes a cake in a cannon he mistakes for a pot. The explosive result-Roger flying above deck amid flour, smoke, and powder, looking exactly like a screaming skeleton-sends the Admiral's men leaping off their vessel convinced that the pirates have a ghost on their side. In recognition of his feat, his shipmates stitch up a flag that has gone down in history as the "Jolly Roger." This goofy pourquoi tale is told with a rhythm and bounce that begs to be read aloud. Helquist uses cinematic perspectives and compositions in his watercolor, pencil, and pastel illustrations-extreme close-ups, split-screen glimpses, and sweeping full-bleed vistas are interspersed with views akin to peeping through a telescope. His success at capturing motion in many of the pictures adds to the movielike quality of the art. Pirate lovers and children who enjoy a good adventure will relish the climactic battle scene. A rousing and humorous tale.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.