Picture Book Review: Pirates of the Sea! by Brandon Dorman


Pirates of the Sea! by Brandon Dorman

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (April 26, 2011)
Source: Library
Rating: 5 of 5 stars


“No cryin’No dyin’No
brushin’ yer teeth!No stealin’No squealin’ No eatin’ Parrot Pete! No
nappin’No scrappin’No wimpy moans or groans!No veggiesNo wedgiesNo
disobeyin’ Cap’n Bones!”

It’s the pirate code! Do you pledge? Do you agree?

Then open this book to join the crew on the Dragonfish of Doom and become a pirate of the sea!

About the Author/Illustrator:

Website | Blog

My Thoughts:

I am a huge fan of Brandon Dorman, and not just because he graduated
from the same university that I did (although I have to admit that it does make me a little biased). All you have to do is look at his
amazing illustrations to know why I love his work so much.

Pirates of the sea is a rhyming, swashbuckling adventure where we get to
follow a group of appropriately disgusting pirates on their quest to
find some buried treasure. The writing is upbeat and comical. The
illustrations boast of Brandon’s unique and energetic style. I just
loved this book, and so did my kids. Any pirate lover will enjoy this sea faring adventure.


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  • Reply
    April 30, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    This is adorable! Heading to the library today-
    I think I will look for this one!

  • Reply
    Gina R
    April 30, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I absolutely adore the cover…it just makes me smile with the image depicted and the bright colors used. Though hardly the ideal target audience, I believe a picture book can be enjoyed by one and all…provided you have enough imagination to enjoy the ride. Sounds like a fun journey through the pages, thanks for sharing!

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)
    April 30, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    There is a crazy amount of artistry in this book from what I can see. I love when I can see simplicity in books but also love when author's/illustrator's go all out plus this book is about pirates so it's something I will definitely be looking up.

    • Reply
      May 1, 2013 at 2:26 am

      Brandon Dorman is really creative. That's the reason I love his work so much. His illustrations are so fun to look at because there is so much story telling going on in the pictures. I hope you like it!

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