Pirates! by Roy McMillan (Audio Book Giveaway!)
August 22, 2011 in Book Club Possibility, Books With Social Studies Content, Elementary Educators, McMillan Roy, Middle Grade Novel, Middle School Teachers, Research Ideas Tags: audio books, Book Giveaway Contest, books about pirates, books for boys, middle grade books for boys
I am happy to present to you today this wonderful audio book, Pirates!, by Roy McMillan and read by Jasper Britton. Even better, I have a copy to giveaway! If you are the parent of a child (I would say fourth grade and up) who loves pirates, then you should enter this contest. If you are an upper elementary/middle school teacher/librarian, this is perfect for your students. Just leave a comment below by Sunday, August 28 at 8:00 p.m. CST for your chance to win. (United States and Canada mailing addresses only, please)
The Naxos Audio 2-CD Pirates! is a history of pirates that answers questions such as:
*Who was the greatest pirate ever?
*Which pirate was called “The Exterminator”?
*Who made the Jolly Roger famous?
It’s read by Jasper Britton, who has a super cool voice–especially for the pirate book–and he is also a Shakespearean actor. The book has “Gruesome Alerts” for any part of the book that might be a little violent because as the author points out, pirates were really criminals who were stealing and not always pleasant about it either. Although the gruesome alert parts are not that bad, they are a good warning for anyone listening to the book who has a queasy stomach.
The audio book covers some of the best-known pirates, such as Blackbeard, Captain Morgan, Barbarossa, and Captain Kidd. The author tells the stories of these men–the facts about their lives as pirates. It also tells about some that are not as famous, so kids will learn new facts and new pirate names. It starts with when piracy began and mentions pirates today–although it is much more of a historical account. Heck, it even has a section on Pirates of the Caribbean, but there’s no Johnny Depp or Orlando Bloom here. I really did enjoy this book, and I am so happy to get to share it with one of my readers! So, leave those comments below by Sunday night!
For more information about this book and other Naxos Audio books, visit the website here.