Reviews for Half-Pint Pete the Pirate

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
Half-Pint Pete the Pirate has half of a treasure map; Half-Baked Belle has the other. After they join forces, he intends to steal her share of treasure but steals her heart instead. With its simple plotting, dialogue-filled rhymes, and anything-but-menacing coed crew, this book is perfect for kids who are curious about pirates but too young for the hard stuff.

Kirkus Reviews 2011 December #2
Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of zzzzzz. Half-Pint Pete sails the Seven Seas in search of treasure. Trouble is, Pete only has half a map to his name. When he comes in contact with the equally piratical Half-Baked Belle, a lass in possession of the map's missing parts, the two decide to team up and find the treasure together. Pete's plan to do away with Belle after the gold is uncovered flies out the window when the mission ends successfully and Pete discovers that the two of them make a perfect pair. Bardhan-Quallen presents a perfunctory, if well-scanned, series of alternating rhymes. Children with either a love or a fear of grungy pirates will find that this uniformly cheery, peg-legged crew are a far cry from the murderous plunderers of lore. The art is of a bit more interest. Brazilian illustrator Valério takes care to hide sly details in his colorful, preschool-friendly acrylics (though one wonders why precisely Valério absolutely had to make Pirate Belle so very pink, right down to her rose-colored eye patch). There are many pirate books out there that would best this one in terms of writing, art and general lawless glee, but this meets all the general requirements of an innocuous pirate tale for younger children. Serviceable and forgettable. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 January

PreS-Gr 2--Half-Pint Pete sails half the seven seas with half a treasure map…you get the idea. He and his crew meet Half-Baked Belle and her lady pirates, who happen to have the other half of the map. Pete agrees to work with her, planning all the while to grab the treasure and make her walk the plank, but then, inexplicably, he falls in love with her. Valério's acrylic illustrations glow with color and whimsy, lending a much-needed spark to the thin premise and rhyming text.--Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD

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