- Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
- Format: Paperback | 32 pages
- Dimensions: 226mm x 249mm x 3mm | 154g
- Publication date: 1 September 1998
- ISBN 10: 0152018913
- ISBN 13: 9780152018917
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Illustrations note: colour and b&w illustrations
- Sales rank: 4,780
Boris von der Broch is a mean, greedy old pirate - tough as nails, through and through, like all pirates. Or is he? For when Boris'' parrot dies, the tough pirate is reduced to tears'
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By Alison Wicks 24 Jul 2009
The first time I read this book to my preschool class of 4 and 5 year olds, there was absolute silence- they were really struck with the fact that tough people like pirates also had feelings, and that they were allowed to show them. I've always found that kids (and adults!) love anything by Mem Fox.
By a Book Depository customer 10 Dec 2008
"My 4 year old daughter loves all things pirate. She found this story exciting and quite captivating. Seeing Boris cope with all situations and have different emotions, even very sad times seems to be the reason my daughter asks for this story over and over. She always says 'sometimes you need to cry' when I finish reading this book."
"Resisting the temptation to reveal everything, author and illustrator instead give imaginative children something much better - a picture book that luxuriates in pure possibility.-The New York Times Book Review
In Brown's swashbuckling watercolors, Boris is tough indeed - hirsute, craggy, grim - but then, "All pirates are tough." As Fox's text succinctly points out, he's also "massive," "scruffy," "greedy," and "fearless," all qualities demonstrated in the illustrations as he seizes a violin from one of his crew, threatens the whole ugly lot after it's been purloined (readers will know that the stowaway boy, who earlier watched while the pirates buried their treasure, is the real culprit). The "scary" pirates catch the boy but soften when they hear him play; and when Boris's parrot dies, the boy helps him put it in the violin case for burial at sea and Boris cries and cries - "All pirates cry." These pirates also let the boy keep the violin when they row him home. Kids are sure to enjoy puzzling out the real story from the pictures, to which, in the end, the text's childlike stereotyping makes an amusing contrast. (Kirkus Reviews)