Saturday, June 2, 2012

Children's Book Review: Pirate Princess

Pirate Princess
Pirate Princess
Written by:  Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Illustrated by:  Jill McElmurry
Published by:  Harper, 2012

Princess Bea isn’t like other princesses—she prefers pirate ships above tea parties, the salty sea over silly dolls. But what’s a landlocked princess to do?

Ahoy, Captain Jack to the rescue! When the captain offers Bea a place aboard his ship, it’s a dream come true—until she’s put to work swabbing the decks and making dinner for the crew. Can a princess like Bea put her royal gifts to work and make the pirates see that she’s seaworthy after all—or will they make her walk the plank?

Pirate Princess is a raucous tale of girl power on the high seas, from author Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and illustrator Jill McElmurry.

* Told in rhyme, this picture book tells the story of Princess Bea who wants to be a pirate.  When she finds a pirate ship she asks to be part of the crew.  Captain Jack gives her various jobs to do, none of which she can seem to do right.  He's ready to make her walk the plank when they discover a pirate skill that Bea does have.  I have to say this wasn't the usual princess-type book, as Princess Bea is not your typical princess.  However, we weren't very impressed with this book. 

Family Rating:  So-so. 

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