Pirate Princess

I'm Not a Baby!

Published by HarperCollins

Princess Bea isn't like other princesses — she prefers pirate ships above tea parties, the salty sea over silly dolls. But what's a landlocked princess to do? Ahoy, Captain Jack to the rescue! When the captain offers Bea a place aboard his ship, it's a dream come true — until she's put to work swabbing the decks and making dinner for the crew. Can a princess like Bea put her royal gifts to work and make the pirates see that she's seaworthy after all — or will they make her walk the plank?


The deft, engaging verse interspersed with pirate lingo is complemented neatly by McElmurry's precise and detailed illustrations. Establishing the feel of an old-fashioned fairy tale with some madcap modern twists, her dramatizations cast the pirates as peculiar and slightly intimidating rather than menacing, and bespectacled Bea as clumsy, quirky and full of pluck. A winning combination of smart and silly, this yarn will make a welcome addition to princess and pirate storytimes, as well as a good choice for one-on-one sharing. — Kirkus Reviews

Review at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

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© 2012 Jill McElmurry