Sunday, 24 July 2011

Pirates, Swashbucklers and Buccaneers of London (Of London Series) by Helen Smith (Paperback)

5 stars Calling All Landlubbers
I bought this fun and informative book for my son, aged 11. This is what he wrote about it:

"Pirates, Swashbucklers and Buccaneers of London' is a fantastic book with loads of facts and true stories that are vividly described. I learned the pirate currency: escudos, reales, pesos (known as `pieces of eight'), and doubloons. There are also three types of pirate: Privateers (these were allowed by the king or queen to attack foreign ships); Buccaneers who operated in the West Indies; and Corsairs who operated in the Mediterranean.

I am glad I wasn't a pirate because from what I have read, being a pirate was pretty grim. This is a very good book because it is full to the brim with amazing facts."

This book is well-written in language engaging for the younger reader. I particularly recommend it for shared reading with a parent. Some parents may wish their children to avoid the short section near the end on Edward Low and Other Peoples' Ears.

Amazon US Pirates
Amazon UK Pirates

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