Set sail for an amusing time!
Baltazar and the Flying Pirates
Written by Oliver Chin
"[A] high-flying tale of adventure and fortune. The best part? The head pirate, Captain Redlocks, is a redheaded woman. Oh yes she is. And she captains the Cutlass, the fastest ship in the skies. Because not only men can be all swarthy and adventurous and brandish swords and wear cool black eye patches. (Does anyone besides me see a hat tip to My Lady's Cutlass, the female pirate band?) My redheaded daughter and I think this book should immediately be made into a movie, since the stunning illustrations look like animation and the theme park tie-in is just too good for Hollywood to pass up. When it comes out, don't say I didn't tell you so."
- Cool Mom Picks
"Let's see... a jolly band of misfit pirates take their flying ship to an amusement park in search of treasure - while there they're bombarded with parents wanting to take pictures, kids thinking it's ok to climb on the pirates, and security guards who just don't understand that it's all in good fun... brought to life in colorful, friendly artwork... Each is a character is unique and memorable as their names, to say nothing of the story's 'every boy' protagonist...It's an amusing story that should be well enjoyed by any younger buccaneers, along with their parents, older siblings, or captains."
- Bilge Munky
"An amusement park beset by pirates is a winning combination. Young pirate apprentices will enjoy this wild ride as Baltazar and his new friends search for treasure... younger pirates will also enjoy having the story read to them as they explore the intricate and wonderful artwork that fills each page."
- Cindy Vallar, Pirates and Privateers
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Lexile Level: 760L
Lexile Code: AD "adult directed"
Fountas & Pinnel (F&P GRL): N
GLE (Grade Level): 3
Interest Level: 1-4
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