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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Pirateology

Pirateology

Fall 2006 Picture Books
Ages: 8 & Up
Editor: Dugald A. Steer
Illustrator: Anne Yvonne Gilbert
Illustrator: Ian Andrew
Illustrator: Helen Ward
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 0-7636-3143-4
Hardcover Price: $19.99
Review:
It seems that the popularity of a certain movie series has whetted the public's appetite for all things pirate. The richly detailed Pirateology (the latest of the popular 'Ology books) is a standout among pirate merchandise, and a treat for both children and adults. This hefty volume centers on the search for treasure left by the “notorious” (i.e., fictional) pirate Arabella Drummond, and comes with a host of pirate gear: a compass, maps and scraps of flags, among others. Pirateology is loaded with envelopes to be opened, journals and letters to pore over, and codes to be deciphered. Along the way, children learn about navigation, history, zoology, and more. Real pirate lore is seamlessly blended with fictional narrative (even the publishing credits are disguised so as not to break the mood), and the old-fashioned illustrations are top-notch. Another notable feature is that the pirate pursued here is female, making this book appeal to readers of both genders. Recommended for young swashbucklers, interested adults, and a treasure for families to uncover together.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.


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