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!
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)...read more
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...read more
PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Theatre) directed by James A. Rocco, written by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan (1879)
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....read more
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...read more
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...read more
WHALES, WATER, WORRIES, WHIPS
Kidnappers, justice.read more
BROKEN ONE, HALF AND HALF, TRANSLATOR, REDEEMER
Pirates. Captured. Ransomed. Saved.
Sinking ship. Mercy.read more
ONCE UPON A TIME AND LATER IN LIFE
Little girl lost — plot:
“Sailing,” “Sinking,” “Swimming.”
Hurting. Healing. Hope.read more
RAT A TAT TAT
Funny and fun. All
haikus. Pirates and treasure,
rum and action.read more
THE POET SLAVE OF CUBA: A BIOGRAPHY OF JUAN FRANCISCO by Margarita Engle, Illustrated by Sean Qualls
VERSE ENSLAVED, VERSE ESCAPED
Poems, poets. Famous, new.
Command performing.read more
PIRATES AND DRAGONS AND FIGHTING BOYS
Hiccup the hero?
Unlikely. Coffins, maps, swords.
Riddles, family.read more
MERMAIDS GONE MAD
Angry male mermaid.
Demanding sisters. Midwest
living. Blood seeking.read more
TREASURE MAPS AND FRUIT FLIES
Sea fears, shipwreck, search.
Library. Bravery. Great
uncle. Pirates. Rescue.read more
CLIMATE CHANGED, OCEANS RISEN, WORLD COLLAPSED, DYSTOPIA
Grounded tankers. Ice
melt. Violent father. Cruel world.
Scavenge. Scrounge. Survive.read more
TREASURE ISLAND TAKE TWO?
Treasure Island’s kids –
Story, tone, setting — trying
too hard to stay true?read more
HALF-LIFE BLUE-FURRED SEMI-GRAPHIC STORIES
Sea bear spinning tales –
Fable, Bible, Gulliver.
Cartoons. Challenges.read more
MAN OF MYTH RETOLD
Sailing cross the world.
Sea adventures. Odyssey.
Simplified classic.read more
ALL THE WORDS OF AN OLD WORLD
listing of all things pirate.
An ocean of terms.read more
WATCHING AND WAITING, SINKING FAST
Part novel, part verse.
Cobbled shipwide memories.
Survival stories.read more
A SEA SHANTY COMES TRUE
Dad’s death. Shipwrecked. Lost.
Separated twins. Pirates,
vampires. Friends, foes.read more
A BROTHER, A LOVER, A WAR, A CHOICE
Pirate academy. Love.
Blind. Vampires. Sea.read more
THE TRUTH ALWAYS SHINES IN THE END
Fear of heights. Healing.
Rescue. Shadows. Healing. Twists.
Mom identity.read more
JUMPING RIGHT BACK INTO THE OCEAN
No back story.
Graves, officer, evil women.
Saving Grace. Wedding.read more
HOW CAN HE BE OUR DAD?
Family past. New
fights. Destiny. Journey. Spies.
Sibling rivalry?read more
OUT TO SEA AND BACK AGAIN – SHIP STORIES, SHORE STORIES, ALL STORIES TRUE
Town collective voice.
Fishermen. Waiting wives. Child-
ren. Generation.read more
CAPELESS HERO CONQUERS UBERJOCKS
Football drenched sports town
Anti-jocks, pool-less swim team.
One boy shall lead them.read more
DO WE KNOW WHAT HE KNOWS?
Know it all narrates
Global warming, graphics, words
Unfunny comicsread more