Reviews for When You're a Pirate Dog and Other Pirate Poems

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
Swashbucklers, scallywags, and even a few sea serpents fill the pages of this collection of appealing doggerel. Perfect for dramatic readings, the poems are full of rollicking rhyme and alliteration. A comic cast of patch-eyed, bulbous-nosed pirates swagger and bumble their way through illustrations exaggerated to great humorous effect. Readers will be happy to set sail with these silly seafarers.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 February #4

This well-executed collection of swashbuckling verse features a broad cast that includes a lonely sea serpent ("It could be my manners they find unappealing./ It could be the way that I greet them./ It could be my temper, but I've got a feeling/ It's mostly the fact that I eat them"); the ghost of pirate Red Eye Jack ("We'll pilfer, swindle, lie, and curse,/ When things get bad, we'll make them worse"), and a pirate who has been transformed into a walrus by a witch. Harris's detailed and sea creature-studded illustrations have a touch of Steven Kellogg and Mercer Mayer, while Ode's poems read like rambunctious tall tales. Ages 4-7. (Mar.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 July

PreS-Gr 3--This enjoyably goofy, rowdy collection of verses covers pirate life from a multitude of entertaining angles. Readers meet magical creatures and a host of bumbling characters, including a pirate ghost, while also getting a chance to explore a ship and sample the cuisine: "'You best beware the biscuits, men,'/the cook called from the galley door./'They're tougher than they should have been./I dropped one, and it cracked the floor.'" The expressive cartoon illustrations have a lot of personality, exaggerating the characters to match the tone of the poetry. Full of jokes and fun, the singsong rhymes give the selections the feel of lively, sea shanties. These high-sea adventures make for comical armchair travel.--Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA

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