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Pirate Ships (See Inside) (Usborne See Inside) Hardcover – 27 Jul 2007


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  • Hardcover: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd (27 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0746070047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0746070048
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.8 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Perfectly pitched for Key Stage 2, a mix of facts, humour and novelty flaps...This series is proof that the right non-fiction still sells' - The Bookseller; 'A super collection of information books from Usborne, which really engage the reader by providing interesting information, colourful graphics and plenty of flaps with yet more information' - Parents in Touch

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By TG on 14 Jan 2008
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Really good looking colourful book. Each double spread has a different cartoony pirate scene on it (Attack, Celebration, Pirate Town etc). There is some sort of text which goes with these but my 4 year old was just happy to pour over the very intricate detail on each page. There really is a lot to see on each page but with some odd inclusions. For example the blood on the back of a pirate being lashed was a bit of a surprise and might be a concern for some children.
When it comes to the flaps there are a lot on each page and, generally, they're pretty interesting. The only real downside is how difficult they are to open the first time.
Overall very interesting and worth buying - if you're into pirates of course.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Green Star on 2 Sep 2012
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I love the Usbourne series and their design and illustrations - but this book is just way more violent than is necessary. The level of violence and references to death are surprising given how well Usbourne books explore other areas of history (which are also violent!) and the age groups who are likely to be looking at this.
Why not include a tiny bit of geography, basic information about what was traded, stories of one or two particular pirates, or how they navigated, or what you might do if you were stuck on an island? That would be the level of interest I'd expect from Usbourne, rather than repetitive nastiness. It's not that my 4 yr old doesn't enjoy it, but I have to avoid reading out quite a lot of the text which is a shame.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PupleTangerine on 18 Jan 2014
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We have several other of the 'See Inside' series which we absolutely love - can't fault them, they are FABULOUS. However this is NOT SUITABLE FOR 3-4 YEAR OLDS.... Unless of course you want to glorify subjects like Murder, War, Theft, Violence and getting hammered on copious amounts of Rum!!! I would say that an older reader however would LOVE this book. I can just see a 7-12 YEAR OLD boy/girl finding it really fascinating. I really would have no problem showing it to a slightly older child - I just don't think it is right for very young readers (even if they appear to love it at that age - it doesn't make it right!) and I found myself constantly changing the words and making up entirely new things to say. As another reviewer pointed out, there are other aspects of a pirates life that could have been focused on. Given that this is a children's book, perhaps it could have been a little less violent?! The illustrations are great though and actually pretty funny... I love it for me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. C. JONES on 4 Aug 2012
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My 5-y.o. has a number of See Inside books, but Pirate Ships is his favourite and the one we turn to evening after evening. I've mentioned in another review how excellent this series of books is as it's both entertaining and informative. Other reviewers have noted how gory the book is in parts, especially the picture in which the captain of a captured merchant ship gets the cat-o'-nine-tails, and there are other gruesome illustrations too, such as a pirate ship which has the severed heads of defeated enemies hanging from its front. My son doesn't have a problem with such scenes, though - he asks me questions about them - but pirates undoubtedly were a bloodthirsty and sadistic bunch, so the text and pictures simply show the practices of the era. This is a fine book from a worthy series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By F. Griffiths VINE VOICE on 6 Feb 2010
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Grandson loved this - he is very into pirates. We had great fun finding the flaps but I could have done without the 'lashing'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vee Gee on 17 Sep 2012
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My son absolutely loves this series of flap books. The Pirate Ships one is good but there are a few pictures which are unnecessarily gory - as other reviewers have mentioned. I wouldn't say this is suitable for younger readers (he was given it when he was 4 years but I put it away for a year). I wouldn't recommend giving this as a gift - it's best the parent decides if their kid can hack it! There's some interesting facts and my son definitely enjoys reading it but I think some of the other flap books in the series are much better.
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I initially saw this item in a book store, so was able to take a look and decide for myself whether my six year old son would enjoy it (incidentally, he does!). Whilst the illustrations are 'cartoony' they do contain images that people may not find suitable for the younger reader. The same goes for the written content. I did not mind that it raised questions with my son and was happy to discuss the subject with him.

I think some of the low scoring reviews of this book are overly harsh. It's depicting a brief history of pirates - they didn't sit around drinking tea! To make the presumption that the book will be suitable for younger children simply because there are flaps to open, frankly, boggles my mind. Book content should be treated like film content: viewed by a parent/responsible adult first so an appropriate decision can be made about its suitability for the recipient. Also, the product description/review on Amazon states "perfectly pitched for Key Stage 2" i.e. 7 to 11 years old. To that end, I would agree with another reviewer's point that this may be best purchased by the parent as opposed to given as a gift (unless it is known that it will be received without criticism).

History was violent, as is the world today. How people choose to explain that to their children - and at what age - is their own business.
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