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Oct 13 2016

Shiver me timbers! by Oakley Graham

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Ill. by Nina Caniac. Big Sky Publishing, 2016. ISBN 9781925520002
Themes: Pirates/Piracy. This is a book that incorporates piracy descriptions and terminology in rhyme, with limited plot and narrative strength, and there is a repeated refrain . . . 'Yo Ho Ho!' Pirates are probably not known as great literature lovers and they have not motivated a great story in this book, they are really just the inspiration for the bright, colourful and funny illustrations.
The last 2 double pages revert to non-fiction style to reveal some background information about basic piracy and historical characters. The rhyming text does reveal something about the pirate life that will appeal to young male readers particularly - the Poop Deck and the illustration of the pirates relieving themselves will no doubt 'charm' an avid Pirate fan.
Carolyn Hull

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