Bardan-Quallen, Sudipta. Half-Pint Pete the Pirate. Illustrated by Geraldo Velerio. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2012.
A journey of a pirate to find gold with half a map is interrupted when a woman pirate comes along threatening to take it first. This story has many likeable aspects for children and adults alike. The story is told through rhyme. Sometimes rhymes can be awkward but this one makes sense in that words aren’t forced in to make it fit. The story has 2 themes, one obviously being pirates, and another that is an underlying them; sharing! The story can teach children how to share, and even opposites such as the two competing pirates learn to share. The illustrations are very cartoonish. Bright colors are used throughout the book which really give it the Caribbean feel which so many people connect with pirates. The illustrations give us a bit more information than the text does. All of the illustrations are double page spreads with the exception of the last page. The reason for this is the second to last page has a page turner leading to the last page, which was a little unexpected. There is no usage of whitespace. Usage of lines in these illustrations are done at a minimum. This book can help with a child’s imagination and cognitive development.
Note from Jade:
I read this to my son this morning and he absolutely loved it. He was able to make a connection with the sharing theme and had comments to make for each page. The pirate theme definitely caught his eye. One thing that I find great about this book, is it includes interactions with characters and gives me a chance to use different voices for them. My son loves that. I would definitely recommend this one to parents or teachers with young ones. I think even those not interested in pirates would find this one a great read!