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Reviewku: Pirate!

Haiku Book Reviews

 

“Reviewku” is collection of book reviews written in with the syllabic rules of Haiku (5/7/5 syllables per line), followed by “Nitty Gritty” book specific details including but not limited to: age range, genre, point of view (POV), theme, style, voice, setting. This page features fiction and nonfiction Reviewkus of the Pirate/Nautical nature.  

From pirates to mermaids to boats to ships to oceans to lakes to shores… enjoy these Pirate Reviewkus, mateys!


 

 

 

ALEX THE PARROT – NO ORDINARY BIRD – A TRUE STORY by Stephanie Spinner, illustrated by Meilo So

Posted by on 4:43 pm in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, picture book | 0 comments

BIRD BRAINS ARE DEEP THINGS True tale picture book. Scientist, parrot, co-learning. Questions, answers, growth.   Nitty Gritty: Picture book Non fiction Animal story True tale of one amazing animal Experiment recap – with methods and results Featuring scientist and parrot Appropriate for all ages Cartoonish pictures make story accessible to the very young Vivid colors Heavy use of white space Parrot personality and parrot intelligence in prose and in pictures Natural life span depicted- story follows Alex from birth to death Direct quotes from parrot (Alex) include:  “wanna showa” (i.e. he wants someone to spray him with water) and “you tickle!” (he wants his neck tickled)...

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THE 13 1/2 LIVES OF CAPTAIN BLUEBEAR by Walter Moers

Posted by on 4:20 pm in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, young adult fiction | 0 comments

HALF-LIFE BLUE-FURRED SEMI-GRAPHIC STORIES Sea bear spinning tales – Fable, Bible, Gulliver. Cartoons. Challenges.   Nitty Gritty: YA/Adult (ages 13 and up) Fantasy animal fiction First person past tense POV from a bear’s POV (Captain Bluebear) – conversational – hovering on second person POV? Part novel, part graphic novel, part short story collection Reminiscent of Gulliver’s Travels Humor Main character – bear Hero’s journey (Bear’s Journey) Timeline – travel through13 1/2 of one bear’s allotted 29 lives World building Conversational in tone Graphic novel elements — Cartoon-ish black and white drawings pepper the pages at Off-beat fun Childish simplicity and goofiness Pictures compliment and add to plot and tone Pace – fast and simple – quick and concise descriptions Minimum of telling, maximum of showing Lively pace Free flowing plot Complex cast of strange and wonderful characters – likable and hatable All ages appeal...

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PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Theatre) directed by James A. Rocco, written by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan (1879)

Posted by on 2:15 am in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, adult fiction | 0 comments

PRANCING PIRATES A sense of duty. Opera, choreography. Silliness on stage.   Nitty Gritty: Who: Brandon O’Neill as the Pirate King, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka as Frederic, Dieter Bierbrauer as the Sergeant of Police, Gary Briggle as Major-General Stanley, Anne Eisendrath as Mabel, and Kersten Rodau as Ruth. What: Musical Where: On the coast of Cornwall When: written and set in the 1800s Why: After growing up apprenticing to the Pirates, a young man thinks he’s free to go out and live as a non-pirate, but a Leap Year clause is discovered, and he is re-indentured. Meanwhile, the young man has met a young woman and is looking for love and hoping she’s the one, however, complications arise in the form of the young woman’s sisters and father, and the young man’s pirate compadres. Hijinks ensue. How: Music and dialogue and dancing on stage at the Ordway theatre....

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SHIVER ME TIMBERS! PIRATE POEMS AND PAINTINGS by Douglas Florian, illustrated by Robert Neubecker

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AHOYS, AVASTS AND TREASURE MAPS Pirate poems, codes. Definitions, names. Silly, sly, splashes of truth.   Nitty Gritty: Children’s / picture book / poetry Poetry collection Pirate theme Shifting third person and omniscient POV Themes: pirates, poetry No central plot arc – collection of pirate themed poetry centered around traditional pirate lore (fish food, treasure maps, codes, punishments, famous pirates, flags, weapons) Overall feel of book is lighthearted look at darker side of piracy...

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THE PIRATES! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH SCIENTISTS by Gideon Defoe (2004)

Posted by on 11:56 pm in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, young adult fiction | 0 comments

BEYOND BLACKBEARD Hapless and helpful. Honey-glazed ham connoisseur. Ironic pirates.   Nitty Gritty: Who: The Pirate Captain and crew (an unnamed lot of colorful characters); young Charles Darwin; Mister Bobo; Black Bellamy; Jennifer What: Pirate fiction; humor; adult Where: At Sea & London When: 1837 Why: The silly and often befuddled band of pirates sink a ship thinking it to be a treasure trow, only to find a scientists on board (Darwin)… Immediate repentance leads to wanting to make amends, leads to the Pirates escorting Darwin back to London to fight his enemies… How: Footnotes add historical and scientific facts...

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CHASING THE NIGHTBIRD by Krista Russell

Posted by on 5:41 pm in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, middle grade | 0 comments

WHALES, WATER, WORRIES, WHIPS

Whaling history

Landlocked, abolitionists,

Kidnappers, justice.

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HURRICANE DANCERS by Margaret Engle

Posted by on 4:02 am in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, middle grade, reviewku: poetry (all) | 0 comments

BROKEN ONE, HALF AND HALF, TRANSLATOR, REDEEMER

Caribbean verse.

Pirates. Captured. Ransomed. Saved.

Sinking ship. Mercy.

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LEARNING TO SWIM by Ann Turner

Posted by on 2:37 am in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, young adult fiction, reviewku: poetry (all) | 0 comments

ONCE UPON A TIME AND LATER IN LIFE

Little girl lost — plot:

“Sailing,” “Sinking,” “Swimming.”

Hurting. Healing. Hope.

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PIRATE HAIKU by Michael Spradlin

Posted by on 2:43 am in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, young adult fiction, reviewku: poetry (all) | 0 comments

RAT A TAT TAT

Funny and fun. All

haikus. Pirates and treasure,

rum and action.

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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, Book 2: HOW TO BE A PIRATE, by Cressida Cowell

Posted by on 3:35 pm in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, middle grade | 0 comments

PIRATES AND DRAGONS AND FIGHTING BOYS

Hiccup the hero?

Unlikely. Coffins, maps, swords.

Riddles, family.

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LIES BENEATH by Anne Greenwood Brown

Posted by on 5:56 pm in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, young adult fiction | 0 comments

MERMAIDS GONE MAD

Angry male mermaid.

Demanding sisters. Midwest

living. Blood seeking.

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LILY AND THE PIRATES by Phyllis Root

Posted by on 5:49 pm in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, middle grade | 0 comments

TREASURE MAPS AND FRUIT FLIES

Sea fears, shipwreck, search.

Library. Bravery. Great

uncle. Pirates. Rescue.

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SHIP BREAKER by Paolo Bacigalupi

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CLIMATE CHANGED, OCEANS RISEN, WORLD COLLAPSED, DYSTOPIA

Grounded tankers. Ice

melt. Violent father. Cruel world.

Scavenge. Scrounge. Survive.

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SILVER: RETURN TO TREASURE ISLAND by Andrew Motion

Posted by on 5:50 pm in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, young adult fiction | 0 comments

TREASURE ISLAND TAKE TWO?

Treasure Island’s kids –

Story, tone, setting — trying

too hard to stay true?

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THE 13 1/2 LIVES OF CAPTAIN BLUEBEAR by Walter Moers

Posted by on 5:51 pm in reviewku: pirate (all) | 0 comments

HALF-LIFE BLUE-FURRED SEMI-GRAPHIC STORIES

Sea bear spinning tales –

Fable, Bible, Gulliver.

Cartoons. Challenges.

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THE ADVENTURES OF ULYSSES by Bernard Evslin

Posted by on 5:54 pm in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, middle grade | 0 comments

MAN OF MYTH RETOLD

Sailing cross the world.

Sea adventures. Odyssey.

Simplified classic.

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THE PIRATE DICTIONARY edited by Terry Breverton

Posted by on 5:57 pm in reviewku: plunder, reference, reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, nonfiction (all) | 0 comments

ALL THE WORDS OF AN OLD WORLD

Alphabetical

listing of all things pirate.

An ocean of terms.

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THE WATCH THAT ENDS THE NIGHT: VOICES FROM THE TITANIC by Alan Wolf

Posted by on 5:31 pm in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, adult fiction | 0 comments

WATCHING AND WAITING, SINKING FAST

Part novel, part verse.

Cobbled shipwide memories.

Survival stories.

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VAMPIRATES: IMMORTAL WAR (Book 1) by Justin Somper

Posted by on 5:40 pm in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, middle grade | 0 comments

A SEA SHANTY COMES TRUE

Dad’s death. Shipwrecked. Lost.

Separated twins. Pirates,

vampires. Friends, foes.

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VAMPIRATES: TIDE OF TERROR (Book 2) by Justin Somper

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A BROTHER, A LOVER, A WAR, A CHOICE

Traitors, enemies.

Pirate academy. Love.

Blind. Vampires. Sea.

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VAMPIRATES: BLOOD CAPTAIN (Book 3) by Justin Somper

Posted by on 5:39 pm in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, middle grade | 0 comments

THE TRUTH ALWAYS SHINES IN THE END

Fear of heights. Healing.

Rescue. Shadows. Healing. Twists.

Mom identity.

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VAMPIRATES: BLACK HEART (Book 4) by Justin Somper

Posted by on 5:37 pm in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, middle grade | 0 comments

JUMPING RIGHT BACK INTO THE OCEAN

No back story.

Graves, officer, evil women.

Saving Grace. Wedding.

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VAMPIRATES: EMPIRE OF THE NIGHT (Book 5) by Justin Somper

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HOW CAN HE BE OUR DAD?

Family past. New

fights. Destiny. Journey. Spies.

Sibling rivalry?

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WE, THE DROWNED by Carsten Jensen

Posted by on 5:53 pm in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, adult fiction | 0 comments

OUT TO SEA AND BACK AGAIN – SHIP STORIES, SHORE STORIES, ALL STORIES TRUE

Town collective voice.

Fishermen. Waiting wives. Child-

ren. Generation.

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WHALE TALK by Chris Crutcher

Posted by on 5:56 pm in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, young adult fiction | 0 comments

CAPELESS HERO CONQUERS UBERJOCKS

Football drenched sports town

Anti-jocks, pool-less swim team.

One boy shall lead them.

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WORLD WITHOUT FISH by Mark Kurlansky, Illustrated by Fran Stockton

Posted by on 5:52 pm in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, nonfiction (all), reviewku: plunder, middle grade | 0 comments

DO WE KNOW WHAT HE KNOWS?

Know it all narrates

Global warming, graphics, words

Unfunny comics

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