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Backbeard: Pirate for Hire by Matthew McElligott
Cover Artist: Matthew McElligott
Review by Gayle Surrette
Walker Books for Young Readers Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780802796325
Date: 21 August 2007 List Price $16.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Backbeard has been called before the Pirate Council. Backbeard and his crew must dress like a pirate, wear "official" pirate hats, have a parrot (no pigs allowed) or he can't be a pirate any more. So Backbeard sets off to find a job -- he's got lots of pillaging and plundering experience -- it shouldn't be that hard should it?

From official release/information:

Book Description: Backbeard may have a new suit, but he is still one of the orneriest, smelliest, and hairiest pirates ever to sail the high seas. And his crew still likes to smash and steal things--they just prefer to do it in style. Unfortunately, certain members of the Pirate Council don't think he looks piratey enough in his new garb, and since they are just as stubborn as Backbeard, it's their way or the waterway.

Unwilling to give up his birthday suit, Backbeard sets out in search of new employment. He can pillage and plunder with the best of them, but who'll dare to hire a dirty, smelly ex-pirate? (Ages 4-8)

(Source: Walker Books for Young Readers)

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