Lives of the Pirates (Hardcover)

Swashbucklers, Scoundrels (Neighbors Beware!) (Lives of . . .)

By Kathleen Krull, Kathryn Hewitt (Illustrator)

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780152059088, 96pp.

Publication Date: July 12, 2010

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (4/30/2012)
Paperback (11/5/2013)
Compact Disc (11/6/2018)
Compact Disc (7/1/2010)
MP3 CD (11/6/2018)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (8/1/2010)

List Price: 21.00*
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Every kid knows that pirates talk funny, swing a big sword, and seek buried treasure—don’t they? What do we really know about Blackbeard, Madame Cheng, Sir Francis Drake, and other men and women of pirate history? What drove them to sail the high seas? What were their bad habits, favorite foods, and silly quirks? And did they actually talk like that?

     A lively style, lots of surprises, and solid research have made the Lives of . . . series of collective biographies popular with both kids and adults. Now the series returns, spanning the globe with profiles of the nineteen most notorious pirates in history.

About the Author

Kathleen Krull is well known for her innovative, award-winning nonfiction for young people, including Lives of the Explorers, Lives of the Musicians, and all other books in this popular series illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. She is also the author of Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, as well as The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) and Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country), both co-written with Paul Brewer and illustrated by Stacy Innerst. She lives in San Diego, California. Visit her online at

Kathryn Hewitt's caricatures of famous figures led kids to dub the Lives of . . . series the "Big Head" books. She has illustrated many books for young readers, some of which she also wrote. She lives in Santa Monica, California. Visit her website at

Praise For Lives of the Pirates: Swashbucklers, Scoundrels (Neighbors Beware!) (Lives of . . .)

* "Living, breathing anecodotes—the stuff of which the best biography is made." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"As addictive as it is fascinating."—The Horn Book Magazine
"Another colorful, enthralling excursion into our cultural heritage."—Kirkus Reviews
"An entertaining survey, of interest to adults as well as children."—The New York Times Book Review
* "Irresistible."—SLJ, starred review