The Pirates!

The Pirates!

In An Adventure With Scientists

Book - 2004
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Not sinceMoby-Dick...No, not sinceTreasure Island...Actually, not since Jonah and the Whale has there been a sea saga to rivalThe Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, featuring the greatest sea-faring hero of all time, the immortal Pirate Captain, who, although he lives for months at a time at sea, somehow manages to keep his beard silky and in good condition. Worried that his pirates are growing bored with a life of winking at pretty native ladies and trying to stick enough jellyfish together to make a bouncy castle, the Pirate Captain decides it's high time to spearhead an adventure. While searching for some major pirate booty, he mistakenly attacks the young Charles Darwin's Beagle and then leads his ragtag crew from the exotic Galapagos Islands to the fog-filled streets of Victorian London. There they encounter grisly murder, vanishing ladies, radioactive elephants, and the Holy Ghost himself. And that's not even the half of it.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Pantheon Books, [2004]
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780375423215
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 133 pages : illustrations, map ; 18 cm


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Aug 05, 2015

one of the most original stories I have read. funny and a quick read

Yellow_Cat_297 Jul 09, 2013

"The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists" is funny, adventurous, and slightly insane! I think I can honestly say that it's the only book I've ever read where most of the characters didn't have actual names. If you want a light read about pirates, ham, Charles Darwin, Man-panzees, and radioactive elephants, pick this up.

Favorite Character: the pirate with a scarf.

Mar 04, 2013

An invaluable resource if you are preparing for a career in piracy or science. Or piratical science. Or scientific piracy.

Aug 12, 2012

A fun, brisk read, and the basis for this summer's stop-motion Aardman movie "The Pirates! Band of Misfits." However, beyond the involvement of Charles Darwin, a chimpanzee that talks with cards, and pirates masquerading as scientists, the plot is quite different. There are frequent footnotes giving interesting historical facts that aren't directly related to the plot, but are usually pretty funny. I could never figure out who the target audience was for this book. Some of the language was a little salty or suggestive for juvenile fiction. Maybe young adult. Regardless, it was a lot of fun to read, and very funny.

ballantynemccallum Oct 17, 2011

So excited for the movie!

Librarian_X Nov 06, 2010

This book is laugh out loud funny! If you can appreciate the absurd, then this (and the others in the series) is the book for you.

A great quick read to lighten your mood.

Feb 26, 2010

Ah, pirate comedy. In Gideon Defoe?s novel, his pirate crew debates the best part of pirating (grog or cutlasses), delights in anachronisms like Post-It notes and dental floss, and accidentally attacks Charles Darwin?s ship, the Beagle. The Pirate Captain (yes, that?s his name) decides to spare Darwin?s life in exchange for a boat ride back to London. Darwin put the pirates up at the swank Royal Society and passes them off as scientists. Soon the pirates are the toast of the town and are up to their eye patches in schemes and plots involving the big mean Bishop of Oxford, Drawin?s kidnapped brother Erasmus, and a trained chimp named Bobo who is best known for acting the part of the perfect British gentleman. Silly, droll, Monty Python-esque, delightfully absurd and unabashedly juvenile, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists is the most fun you?ll ever have with a pirate crew. Until, that is, you read The Pirates! In an Adventure with Ahab (2005), The Pirates! In an Adventure with Communists (2006), and The Pirates! In an Adventure with Napoleon (2009).


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Yellow_Cat_297 Jul 09, 2013

‘Are you sure?’ frowned the Captain, wondering if his research had let him down. ‘Doesn’t he fight Goliath at some point? I’m sure he does. He throws a leper at his face.’


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