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Tough Boris

Tough Boris

Boris von der Borch is a mean, greedy old pirate--tough as nails, through and through, like all pirates. Or is he? When a young boy sneaks into Boris' ship, he discovers that Boris and his mates aren't quite what he expected! Full color.

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ISBN 9780152018917
Published 1 September 1998 by Harcourt
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Fox, Mem
Illustrated by Brown, Kathryn
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ISBN-13 9780152018917
ISBN-10 0152018913
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Harcourt
Imprint Harcourt Children's Books
Publication Date 1 September 1998
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Fox, Mem
Illustrated by Brown, Kathryn
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
General Picture Books
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions Width: 232mm
Height: 250mm
Spine: 3mm
Weight 154g
Interest Age 4-8 years
Reading Age 4-8 years
Library of Congress Pirates, Pictorial works, Juvenile fiction
NBS Text Picture Books
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823
Catalogue Code 32182

Description of this Book

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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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 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 <br>
US 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)

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Author's Bio

MEM FOX is the author of many acclaimed books, including Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Possum Magic, Koala Lou, Time for Bed, and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia. Kathryn Brown lives in western Massachusetts.

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