Reviews for Dirty Joe, the Pirate : A True Story

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Fall
Dirty Joe and his ragged band sail the seven seas in search of dirty socks, proudly flying their foul booty from the rigging and sending searing smells soaring skyward. But Joe meets his match when he encounters Stinky Annie, the undergarment varmint and his long-lost sibling. Funny caricature illustrations enhance the text's rollicking rhymes in this big sister/little brother battle of wits. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2008 April #2
Avast, there! A "cruel and evil" pirate who "roamed the world and seven seas in search of dirty socks" meets his match at last. Who could that be? " ‘It's Stinky Annie,' someone said, ‘and her band of smelly varmints. / She captures every boat she can and takes their undergarments.' " A brisk battle ensues, but once they notice that their female adversaries are fighting barefoot, Dirty Joe's men lose heart, and then briefs. Joe and Stinky Annie look like woolly redheaded twins in Davis's uproarious nautical scenes, and no wonder, as they turn out to be long-separated sibs. Annie shows no mercy, though, and off Joe must go to his home near the Bay of Fundy--"He's not a pirate any more, because he has no undies." Singer/storyteller Harley (who has recorded a version of this) caps his tale with the sage observation that "If you've got an older sister, then I feel bad for you, / ‘Cause just as long as she's alive, she'll tell you what to do." Clever rhyming, plus illustrations filled with colorfully clad pirates and soiled laundry hoist the audience appeal here to the tiptop of the mast. (Picture book. 5-9) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 May

PreS-Gr 2-- This book has everything to attract kids and tickle their funny bones--pirates, smelly socks, and, best of all, undies! In rollicking rhyme, Harley tells of a "cruel and evil man" who sails the seven seas with his crew, stealing dirty socks to hang proudly on the ship's rigging. But Dirty Joe meets his match when he comes upon Stinky Annie and her all-female crew, buccaneers who specialize in pilfering and displaying undergarments: "Boxers big and boxers small, with stripes and polka dots,/And tighty-whities hung there too, like the ones your grandpa's got." After a battle fought with swords, toasters, tennis rackets, and whatever else comes to hand, the barefoot women prevail and, in a heartfelt and humorous moment, Joe and Annie discover that they are siblings. That doesn't stop Annie from taking Joe's drawers, leading to a last-page bemoaning of the fact that older sisters hold a lifelong upper hand. Davis's balloon-headed, goofy characters are just right for the tale. The chaotic full-color pictures are jam-packed with pirates and dirty laundry. The crews, dressed in a hilarious mishmash of styles, will have readers poring over the pages to spot amusing details. Even kids who aren't pirate fans will be wooed and wowed by this rib-tickling tale.--Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI

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