I love books about pirates. I don't know why. Maybe it's the adventure? The mystery and fiction that surrounds these figures in history? Or maybe I just like history. "Pirates" or rather privateers and buccaneers have been continually fictionalized by Hollywood movies, books, and other works of fiction for at least a century. Ever since their role in the Revolutionary War, pirates on a big scale have almost vanished. True, there will always be "pirates", people who steal, but the buccaneers were special, they were different. Gilkerson's book was very fascinating for me because not only did it bring new light these courageous beings, but explained a lot about who the buccaneers really were like. Forget Captain Jack Sparrow and his eye for gold, the buccaneers stole and plundered for an entirely different reason while the privateers were paid to attack. If "pirates" in general were just common thieves and thugs, who were these noble Privateers and rebel Buccaneers? Why did history cover them up as criminals? What were they really like?
I really enjoyed all of Gilkerson's paintings and drawings throughout the book and I can't wait to read his award-winning YA novel, Pirate's Passage.
|Pages: 94|Year Published: Nov. 2009|Publisher: Tundra|
|Genre: Nonfiction, pirates|Age Group: Ages 10+|