The Pirate Jamboree

illus. by Mark Teague. 40p. Orchard. May 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780545632218.
PreS-Gr 2—In this spirited adventure told in verse, a pack of neighborhood kids play at being pirates. Though the verso spread depicts them riding bikes in their neighborhood and wearing their ordinary clothes, the rest of the story shows them clad in pirate gear, sailing ships upon the high seas. Imagination takes over reality as Bluebeard, Blackbeard, Beigebeard, Sharktooth Jane, Eyepatch Sue, Cap'n Gunderboom, and Peg Leg Jones wreak havoc playing in Peg Leg's room until his mom appears and orders the pirates to clean up. Fun over for the day, the little buccaneers clear off and look forward to another day of seafaring exploits. Most spreads depict pirates lounging on their ships, though a few bustle with playful action, all painted in Teague's signature cartoonish style with brightly saturated acrylics.
VERDICT A fun romp for young fans of all things piratical.

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