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John Matthews

Simon & Schuster Children's

Recommended for: Ages 6-12


Number of Pages: 32

List Price: $19.95

ISBN: 1416927344

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From Publishers Weekly: Anyone who considers himself or herself a fan of pirate lore will surely savor this scrapbook-style, paper-over-board hardcover with sturdy oversize pages. Matthews offers a comprehensive read, jam-packed with more nuggets than Captain Blackbeard himself could muster up (were he available). From a historical primer to explanations of pirates' ship flags (printed on an overleaf), the author leaves virtually no stone unturned. He devotes each spread to a different theme; the text is printed atop a ghosted image of a treasure map and accented by a medley of original illustrations and photographs. The layout carefully balances an informative text with photographic and cross-hatch images so as not to overwhelm the reader with too much data. One spread boasts a mini-book of "Pirate Slang," another features a catalogue of "Pirate Weapons," to further demonstrate the spread's theme, "Terror on the High Seas!" Perhaps the most noteworthy additions are several "documents," complete with faux-waxed seal stickers, inviting inquisitive readers to examine their contents. (A standout is the replication of a map dating back to 1758, indicating "sites where treasure may still be buried.") Written in a heavy ink script, these inserts mirror the look and feel of those yo-ho-ho days. This volume is true pirate booty, a treasure to be appreciated by pirate fans both young and old.

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