Pirate Girl Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-09-15 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 13 user ratings

"When Molly is abducted on the high sea by a boat of men pirates, she outsmarts them and works hard to get a message to her mother - an even more fearsome pirate - and her ship of women pirates so Molly can continue her journey to visit her Grandmother. This would be a great story to read out loud, as Funke develops some great pirate names (e.g. Morgan O'Meany and Willy Wooden Hand) and uses descriptive language meant to be heard. I also enjoyed Meyer's cartoonish illustrations as well, as they have great personality and really fit the tone of the prose. " said.

"Rockin' book. My kids (aka - my students) love pirate tales and this has been a great one to share with them. Molly is a strong female character (and her family is AWESOME!). The book does great things to break down gender stereotypes and expectations -- about what women and girls can do, how they should behave, and their capacity to take care of and provide for themselves. The illustrations are rich and the kids love catching all the exciting little details. A big downfall (for me) is the absence of even a single character of color." said.

"One of the great things about reading with my kids is that books often prompt interesting questions and lead into wonderful discussion that give me insight into my kid's thinking. So what thought-provoking, insightful question did this book bring up? "Mom, what is rum?"

Seriously the pirates in this book cuss (although no swear words actually appear in the book), drink rum and cause all kinds of trouble. Fortunately little Molly is able to outsmart them all and has one scary Momma. This was a favorite of Mya's around the time we were planning her big brother's pirate themed birthday.
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"This young, independent girl seems rather non-plussed when she's picked up by pirates in the middle of the sea. They threaten her with all kinds of doom if she doesn't tell them where her parents are. Meanwhile, she is surreptitiously sending messages in bottles, but we don't know to whom. Great surprise at the end when her mother shows up--and she's the fiercest and dreadest of all pirates. Fun to read a story of a strong independent child who scarcely needs rescuing by her mother because she's so resourceful and brave all on her own. Cute and fun." said.

"When Captain Firebeard's ship of pirates, the Horrible Haddock, comes across Molly in her little sailboat, he makes the mistake of taking her aboard and forcing her to do the worst tasks on board. Molly tries to warn the crew that when her mother finds out about this, they will be in big trouble. Of course, the rough and tumble pirates think she is just full of hot air. However, secretly at night, Molly has been dropping messages in bottles overboard. In the end, the Horrible Haddock meets another pirate ship, surprisingly. Captain Firebeard was sure they were the only pirates in that part of the ocean. But these other pirates are none other than...Barbarous Bertha and her crew! Molly's mother! Boy, is the Horrible Haddock in trouble now..." said.

" even though this is a girl book, it still made me laugh (age 5) " said.

" Another great picture book, with a more modern message. " said.


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