Reviews for Uncle Pirate

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Fall
Wilson's life is not much fun until his long-lost uncle arrives. Uncle Pirate, along with his talking penguin, Captain Jack, employs pirate logic to fix Wilson's woes at school and save the family from financial ruin. Though it's rather light on plot, the story's goofy humor will entertain pirate fans. Lively black-and-white pen-and-ink and watercolor spot art illustrates most pages. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2008 May #1
In this silly, off-kilter tale, fourth-grader Wilson discovers a long-lost uncle who happens to be a real-life pirate. He comes complete with pistols, a peg leg and a talking penguin. Uncle Pirate sets out to find a job, one day accompanying Wilson to his bizarrely topsy-turvy school. The teachers are more than inept, the principal hides under his desk, the classrooms are chaos and recess evokes images of Lord of the Flies. To get the school ship-shape, Uncle Pirate deploys a combination of pirate-speak--"mollymockery" and "arh"--and good-hearted intimidation--"Which of you scurvy mop buckets knows that word?" When all is said and done, Uncle Pirate has a job: He transforms teachers and students into happy sub-pirates and the school into a place of learning. Auth's comical illustrations add to the witty tone. A great middle-reader for any young landlubber who likes a good yarn and believes everyone deserves a chance. (glossary, song) (Fiction. 7-10) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 February

Gr 2-4--Wilson's life is challenging. His elementary school is not for the lily-livered; it is disastrously run and overflowing with bullies. His scallywag principal spends his days under a desk and the school secretary must be bribed with snacks. His classmates refuse to learn, preferring to torment one another instead. Life at home is hard, too. His family's wallet and living quarters are tight. This all begins to change when Wilson finds out that he has an uncle who is a pirate. After years marooned on Antarctica with a talking penguin, Uncle Desperate Evil Wicked Bob is coming to stay. Needless to say, the man does not quite fit in, but he's still able to whip Wilson's school into shape. Readers will enjoy the fun of Uncle Pirate's unorthodox methods and the pirate theme and jargon (glossary included). Though light on character development, this quick-paced jaunt will amuse children as it sails the current of pirate mania. Auth's delightful black-and-white illustrations appear throughout.--Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ

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