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Winters, Kari-Lynn. (2016). Illustrated by Dean Griffiths. Good Pirate. Toronto, ON: Pajama Press. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-1-927485-80-4. Sequel to Bad Pirate.
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Review by Sandra Pacheco in Youth Services Book Review (Feb. 3, 2017), online at ysbookreviews.wordpress.com:
What did you like about the book? Written in the jargon and accent of a true pirate, this book is a great read aloud book that will keep young children entertained. The illustrations are large and colorful so children hearing this book at a story hour in a library will be able to see the pictures with no problem. This is a story of a pack of dog pirates who are off to plunder and pillage. One of the crew, the captain’s daughter is an unlikely pillager as she is more concerned with more frilly things. When she saves the day by rescuing the rest of the dogs from the mangy pirate cats, she shows how clever a frilly pirate can be.
Anything you didn’t like about it? This wouldn’t be appropriate for an English language learner, as the jargon and non-traditional use of grammar would confuse a non-native speaker.
To Whom Would You Recommend this book? This is recommended for ages 5-8. Children who love pirates and have read the “Bad Pirate” book will love this book.
Who should buy this book? This would be good for elementary school libraries and public libraries that have a children’s section.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? yes
Reviewer: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.
“Bookshelf: Pirate’s Booty” by Maria Russo in New York Times (September 9, 2016):
Rotten, sneaky and brainy: Everyone knows a successful pirate needs to be all of those. But on this beguiling ship of pirate dogs, the captain’s daughter, “the fancy Augusta,” is “reekin o’ clean.” She’s put in the brig, but escapes to save the crew from a band of raiding cats. Who says rotten and fancy don’t mix? Winters’s pirate lingo sounds fun and even original, and Griffiths’s expressive dogs and cats in pirate garb are both realistically pet-like and evocative of squirmy children at play.
Review by “CBC Books” (anonymous), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (June 23, 2016), online at www.cbc.ca/books/2016/06/good-pirate.html:
In Bad Pirate, unlikely buccaneer Augusta Garrick learns that integrity pays off, even when it means running against the pack. In Good Pirate, the sea pup is still under pressure to fit in, this time by abandoning her love for fancy things. After all, says her father the captain, a good pirate must be rotten, sneaky, and brainy. But is there really any reason a fancy pirate can’t be just as ingenious as a rotten one? When the rest of the crew is captured by Captain Fishmonger’s mangy pirate cats, Augusta gets the chance to show just what a well-dressed, sweet-smelling, clever pup can do. With swashbuckling energy and satisfying pirate dialogue, Kari-Lynn Winters has written a sequel worthy of Bad Pirate’s popular and critical success. Dean Griffiths brings personality to every crewmember, telling stories within stories through his richly detailed illustrations. A treasure for any landlubber who knows you can’t judge a mind by its cover.
Review by Shana Morales in School Library Journal (2016 July):
Captain Barnacle Garrick and his daughter Augusta, last seen in Bad Pirate, return with more adventures. Augusta wants to be a fancy pup, but she’s the daughter of a pirate captain, so she needs to be rotten, sneaky, and brainy. Despite her best efforts to be good and foul, she can’t help but groom herself, enjoy wearing pearls, and love the smell of vanilla. When Captain Barnacle Garrick and the other pirate pups run into trouble, it’s Augusta and her fancy vanilla smell, lovely pearls, and brain that save the day. Fans of the first title will be pleased with this continuation of Augusta’s story. While chock-full of pirate slang and appeal, this tale is a great example of being true to oneself despite what others might say, and should be recommended as such.
VERDICT: A first purchase for pirate picture book collections and a wise choice for most libraries.
Review by Reesa Cohen in CM Magazine (22:37, May 27 2016), online at umanitoba.ca/cm/vol22/no37/Good Pirate.html: ***/4:
and his sea pups practiced their plundering.
“Them Tuna Lubbers
His daughter, the fancy
Quiet down, mateys.
If yez be Sneaky,
But most important, me sea dogs,
The crew first introduced in Bad Pirate is back, with Captain Garrick, his daughter Augusta and the rest of the mangy sea pups. These same characters are all front and centre in another exuberant, lively, story. Although being rotten, sneaky, and brainy are characteristics that are prized by the captain if you are to be a successful pirate, his daughter is cut from a different cloth, loving all things that are fancy. Many in the crew, like Squid and Bones, admire and copy her manners, which gets them thrown into the brig. In order to please her father and try to fit in, Augusta attempts to abandon her love of beautiful things and tries to be “foul and useful”. But the scent of vanilla derails her plans, and she, too, ends up in the brig instead of “pillagin’ with the rest of the crew. When her father and his sea pups are captured by a bunch of pirate cats, sweet smelling Augusta devises a plan that saves the day and proves that ingenuity can come from a fancy, yet brainy, dog.
Winters once again makes use of delightful dialogue peppered with tons of pirate and nautical terms, many of which can be found and explained on the cleverly designed end papers. The story is skillfully written and inventive and is a must for reading aloud! The dynamic and expressive illustrations are a perfect match for the energetic and rhythmic language. Griffiths’ use of rich colors and detail elevates the story and makes this doggie crew so engaging.
Review by Helen K. in CanLit for Little Canadians (May 28, 2016), online at canlitforlittlecanadians.blogspot.ca:
Kari-Lynn Winters and Dean Griffiths’ Bad Pirate (Pajama Press, 2015), winner of the 2016 Rainforest of Reading Award, is back and Augusta Garrick is still trying to fit in with the pirates of her father’s crew. In Bad Pirate, she had difficulties emulating the sauciness, boldness and selfishness of the sea dogs her father, Captain Barnacle Garrick, revered, and now it seems she’s just too fancy!
As much as she appreciates tidiness, cleaniness and fancy baubles, she’s considered a liability when the pirates go off on a raid. But when the crew is caught by Captain Fishmonger and his feline Tuna Lubbers, it’s the finely-scented Augusta who saves the day and proves that she’s as rotten, sneaky and brainy as necessary to be a Good Pirate.
The text is saucy and spicy and flavoured with pirate-speak, as befits a hearty swashbuckling yarn, but it’s all in good fun and brimming with joviality. Still amidst all that merriment, so much like Kari-Lynn Winters herself, is an important message about being true to oneself and appreciating differences as strengths. And, again, Dean Griffiths illustrates with richly detailed pirate ship sets and characters which are dogs and cats of all variety. Kids will delight in identifying the different breeds and who’s wearing what and trying out the “pirate talk” and “nautical talk” which peppers the story and is defined in the endpapers. Arr, Good Pirate is a good time with a hearty–both deep and enthusiastic–message packaged in the fanciest scurvyiest of art.
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