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Illustrated by Dean Griffiths
Picture Book Ages 5–8
List Price: $19.95 CAD / $17.95 USD
Hardcover with dust jacket
Trim Size: 27.94 x 24.13 cm / 11 x 9.5 in.
Canadian Publication Date: May 15, 2015
U.S. Publication Date: September 18, 2015
Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services
Captain Garrick thinks there’s nothing as bad as a goodhearted pirate. Can his daughter prove him wrong?
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 colours, fine detail and spot-on doggie characters. A scurvy delight. For landlubbers, the endpaper design includes a glossary of pirate and sailing terms.
2017 Chocolate Lily Book Award finalist
2016 Rainforest of Reading Award winner
★ “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 ★ Starred Review
“Winters spreads loads of drama and humor throughout, and Griffith’s 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 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
“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
“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
“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 Reviews
“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 Piratebook. 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