Monday, April 18, 2011

Children’s Book Review: Pirate vs. Pirate, by Mary Quattlebaum

Can the two toughest pirates in the world learn to get along? That’s the question readers face in Pirate vs. Pirate when Bad Bart -- the biggest, burliest (guy) pirate this side of the Atlantic -- and Mean Mo -- the maddest, mightiest (lady) pirate this side of the Pacific -- compete to become the best pirate in the world! They engage in a series of contests -- cannonball throwing, mast climbing, arm wrestling, and more -- but always end up in a tie. They even have the exact number of riches! Before you know it, Bad Bart becomes impressed with Mean Mo’s abilities, while Mean Mo starts to see Bad Bart in a new light, too. Thanks to their newfound mutual admiration, they begin sharing all their riches and even get married! Now, Bad Bart and Mean Mo are the “biggest, maddest, mightiest, burliest couple this side of the Atlantic and the Pacific”!

Masterfully illustrated by Alexandra Boiger, this rollicking fun pirate tale by Mary Quattlebaum will keep kids entertained from beginning to end (although my 7-year-old boys let out a big “Ewwww!” when the two pirates got married and began to exchange sweet talk!). There’s also a lesson here about getting along and resolving differences. Your pirate-crazy kids will love this book!

Click here to learn more about Pirate vs. Pirate and author Mary Quattlebaum. The site also includes fun Pirate and Writing Games!

Author Mary Quattlebaum and her husband dressed as pirates at a bookstore event!

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my candid review. No financial compensation was provided. The Amazon links in this post are my own affiliate links.


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