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When a bunch of mean and rotten pirates, led by a captain who is afraid of blood, raid an abandoned ship, they find far more than they bargained for on board. They find a baby girl whom they happily adopt and call Violet:"Vile" for short. Soon the pirates are busy caring for the little girl and teaching her lots of piratical ways. Great times are had as the pirates and Violet happily sail the seven seas in their trusty ship, the Sleek Sally. The wonderful adventures that they share make for hilarious reading.
Ideal for first readers, this fast-paced, action-packed, and belly-laugh-aloud book will warm the cockles of landlubbers' hearts everywhere.
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Richard Hamilton is the author of a number of books for children, including Polly's Picnic. He lives in England.
Sam Hearn recently graduated from art college in London and he now works as an illustrator with a part-time job in a children's book store. He has illustrated other black-and-white fiction for young readers but this is his first book for Bloomsbury.From School Library Journal:
Grade 3-4-This attempt at a tongue-in-cheek, swashbuckling adventure falls flat. A group of rather tame, tough-talking pirates, headed by a captain who is afraid of the sight of blood, finds a baby on an abandoned ship and adopts her. Predictably, they come to love Violet (or Vile, as they call her) and bring her up as one of their own ("I reckon you is now a fit an' proper pirate, mean and rotten to the core, and ready for raidin'!"). When the captain's hand is cut during a foray, he loses his taste for his work. After Violet learns to read and books open her eyes to the world around her, she convinces the men to settle down in an English fishing village where they set up a pirate circus. The dialogue is stilted, and many readers may be confused by the numerous dropped consonants. There is neither sufficient action nor character development to sustain interest, and the cartoon spot art is equally unengaging. Youngsters who enjoy wacky stories in this vein should stick with Margaret Mahy's The Great Piratical Rumbustification (Godine, 2000) or Tingleberries, Tuckertubs and Telephones (Viking, 1998).
Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City
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Book Description Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111582348669