Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com
Pirates are a hot commodity these days (can you say Jack Sparrow??). In this need-to-know generation, author Terry Deary has brought us THE HANDBOOK OF PIRATES, an easy-to-use, highly entertaining reference guide to all things pirates.
There are several categories included:
Lousy Legends and Lies
Top Ten Putrid Pirates
Perilous Pirate Timeline
Wicked Women Pirates
Talk Like a Pirate
Fly the Flags
I truly enjoyed the history behind the book's Top Ten Pirates, and found the Wicked Women Pirates section to be just as well-researched. I also learned a thing or two -- that many pirates did, indeed, own parrots, and that "walking the plank" is most likely a myth (pirates found it much easier to chop you up and feed you to the sharks - why waste time slowing down so you could walk the plank?).
THE HANDBOOK OF PIRATES also includes laugh-out-loud full-color illustrations and small comic strips, although some of them wouldn't be appropriate for children in elementary school. Overall, this is a great book for pirate lovers, and one that would should be included in your pirate library.
Heavy on torture and mayhem. I'm giving it to a 3rd grader but he really doesn't need to put these things to use until Middle School.