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By Kari-Lynn Winters & Dean Griffiths

Bad Pirate

Her pirate-captain father reminds her to be bold and saucy and selfish, but Augusta can’t help being shy, polite, and helpful; in short, a bad pirate. But when a terrible storm puts the crew in danger, Augusta is bold enough to be true to herself and show that a good pirate can be selfless, too.

Barnacle Garrick is bold and saucy and selfish. And for a pirate captain, that’s good, very good. And his crew are all scurvy sea dogs—selfish down to the last fleabitten scuttle-butt. And that’s good too. But Augusta Garrick is shy, polite, and selfless. For a pirate, that’s bad, very bad. Despite her father’s horrible example, the sea pup can’t stop helping out. It just might take one terrible storm, a ripped sail, a missing peg leg and a panicked crew before Augusta can prove that being selfless is a bold and saucy move after all. And that’s good, very good indeed.

A rollicking tale peppered with pirate talk, Kari-Lynn Winters’ Bad Pirate is a story about being true to yourself, even if it means you must go against the pack. Dean Griffiths’ artwork glows with rich colors, fine detail and spot-on doggie characters. A scurvy delight. For landlubbers, the endpaper design includes a glossary of pirate and sailing terms.

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Ages 5-8
ISBN: 978-1-927485-71-2
List Price: $19.95 CAD / $17.95 USD
Hardback with picture book & reinforced binding & with printed dust jacket
Trim Size: 11.00 x 9.50 inches / 27.94 x 24.13cm
Pages: 32

Distributed in Canada by University of Toronto Press

Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services

Carton Quantity: 24

About this book

Awards and Honours

  • 2016 Rainforest of Reading Award (Winner)
  • 2017 Chocolate Lily Book Award (Short-listed) (Canada)



Praise for Bad Pirate

2016 Rainforest of Reading Award Winner

2017 Chocolate Lily Book Award shortlist

★ STARRED REVIEW “Wicked smart pacing and playful art tell the tale of a pirate too doggone loyal for her own good….In a story so packed with piratical jargon and growls that even the most staid and sorry landlubbers will become salty dogs while reading it, it’s Griffiths’ art that takes the wave-swept narrative to another level….Arrrrguably the best piratical dogfight you’ll ever sink your teeth into.”—Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

“This book with its nautical terms and pirate speak is a delight to read aloud. The full color artwork is rich in detail, and the expressive canine faces of captain and crew will bring smiles. This seagoing tale with its endearing heroine will be a sure hit with youngsters.”—School Library Journal

“Winters spreads loads of drama and humor throughout, and Griffiths’ expert illustrations are vibrantly colored and posed. Landlubbers will discover fun details upon multiple readings, which will be welcome as this charming moral turnaround tale is accomplished without a sugar coating. These are despicable sea dogs after all!”—Booklist

“This delightful pirate spoof uses vocabulary in an interesting way to develop the story….It is highly recommended for both a classroom and school library collection.”—Resource Links Magazine

“Kari-Lynn Winters’ text is as spirited as Augusta herself, sprinkled liberally with pirate slang and nautical terms (all helpfully explained on the endpapers). Veteran artist Dean Griffiths’ clever illustrations are filled with movement, drama, and visual jokes.”—Quill & Quire

“OK, me hearties! Gather round for a good old rollicking pirate yarn, one with a twist…The text begs to read aloud by a parent or teacher with great dramatic flourish and a pirate accent…As always, Griffiths’ artwork is outstanding. The lively text is wonderfully complemented with high-spirited and energetic drawings…a feisty, fun tale.”—CM Magazine

“Kari-Lynn Winters is known for her fun, rhythmic language and Bad Pirate is no exception. Using repetition and boisterous words, Winters makes everyone feel like an old sea dog…Whether ye be saucy, bold, kindhearted – or all three – Bad Pirate is a rollicking read-aloud that will please the pirate in everyone.”—National Reading Campaign

“The text is salted with the voice of pirates – though nicely scrubbed for young ears and eyes – and the fluency of a sea shanty. And Dean Griffiths makes sure that his bold illustrations transport the reader to the swaying decks of that pirate ship…”—CanLit for LittleCanadians

“Dog characters who form the crew and the dilemma of one who doesn’t fit in makes for a lively discourse on the possibilities of courage and difference in a pirate’s set ways.”—Children’s Bookwatch

“Written in the jargon and accent of a true pirate, this book is a great read aloud book that will keep young children entertained. The illustrations are large and colorful so children hearing this book at a story hour in a library will be able to see the pictures with no problem….Children who love pirates and have read the Good Pirate book will love this book.”—Youth Services Book Review

“Capt. Barnacle demands that the crew, including his daughter, be Rotten, Sneaky and Brainy in the Good Pirate book and Saucy, Bold and Selfish in the Bad Pirate book. How these commands are obeyed is illustrated in some of the most captivating seafaring dog drawings and captain-fearing adventures. You will be intrigued by the bombastic captain with his menacing hook, his free-spirited daughter who loves vanilla as a perfume, and the life of the pirate dogs.”—Vermont Country Sampler


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