The Pirate Jamboree


  • The Pirate Jamboree
  • written and illustrated by Mark Teague
  • published by Orchard Books/Scholastic (2016)
  • Roar Score: 4/5

If you have kids, then Mark Teague’s art is likely very familiar to you. In addition to his own wonderful books, he’s also the artist behind the How Do Dinosaurs…? books with author Jane Yolen.

We’re in love with his style and big fans of his work. His newest book, The Pirate Jamboree, is told in verse and concerns the fearsome neighborhood pirates: the Johnson brothers (Blackbeard, Bluebeard, and Beigebeard), Sharktooth Jane, Eye Patch Sue, Cap’n Gunderboom, and Peg Leg Jones.

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Weekend Events

This coming weekend, September 21-22, has a ton of exciting events in and around Washington, DC. Where are the Roarbots going?

On Saturday, we’re headed to the National Building Museum for The Big Build, which runs from 10-4. We’ve never been (though the ‘Bots are huge fans of the Building Museum), but I’ve heard great things about the event, and it promises to be a good time.

On Sunday, it’s time once again for the National Book Festival. Kevin Henkes (who’s there on Saturday afternoon), Mark Teague, Fred Chao, and Susan Cooper are some of the many authors we’ll be hunting down. Plus, all those PBS characters!

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