Picture Book Review: Pirates in the Library

Pirates in the Library
Pirates in the Library by Nadia Ali

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When a librarian makes a treasure map to help people find books in the library, a pirate crew thinks they will find real treasure, gold and diamonds, and they storm into the library! The pirate crew soon finds better treasure in the books they read and enjoy, but the pirate Captain is harder to convince. It’s up to the courageous librarian to show the Captain just how precious books can be.

This cute little story is full of fun and laughter, and I like the way that the crew all pick very different books on many subjects, and all their choices are detailed both in the text and in the illustrations. The cook finds a recipe book, the first mate reads a book about mutiny, and even the parrot finds a book about birds!

The librarian is a calm and cheerful authority figure in the library, and she reminds the pirates that there is no hollering, hooting, or rough-housing in the library. The pirates are effectively daunted by her poised manner, and they even remind the parrot not to squawk.

The illustrations are sweet and colorful, and the funny expressions on the faces of the pirate crew are delightful!

My one problem with this book is that there are a couple of places where things seem to be written out of order, and a place where the illustrations are out of order as well.



The Captain should look wary and angry at first, and then look happy second, but the illustrations are out of order on the page. I think an editor should have caught this and rearranged things to make better sense.

Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts and are not influenced by anyone.

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