Children’s Book Review: Pirate vs Pirate, by Mary Quattlebaum

Pirate vs Pirate by Mary Quattlebaum has what I consider the ideal components of a wonderful children’s picture book: a great story, perfect “read aloud” character voices, and beautiful illustrations.

The pirates at war with each other in this story are Bad Bart and Mean Mo. Each wants to be the toughest pirate in all the seas, so they go head to head in a test of skills – swimming with sharks, hurling cannonballs, and even eating hard tack! They quickly discover they have each met their match, and the story ends in a kind of delighted “tie” for the pair.

This being a pirate book, there are plenty of chances to adopt a fun accent when speaking for Bart and Mo. Author Quattlebaum has even included some fun “Pirate and Writing Games” on the book’s homepage for readers to play with pirate words themselves.

The gorgeous watercolor illustrations by artist Alexandra Boiger offer a dreamy contrast to the hard-knock lives of Bart and Mo, and lend the story a flowing, romantic feel.

We have really enjoyed the adventure, humor, fun, and romanticism of this new pirate story for children.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are honest and my own. And just for the record, I have a pretty mean pirate accent. Arrrrrgh!