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Olive's Pirate Party    by Roberta Baker & Debbie Tilley order for
Olive's Pirate Party
by Roberta Baker
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2005 (2005)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Olive Elizabeth Julia Jerome wants cannons on her seventh birthday cake! She invites friends: 'Ahoy mateys! It's Captain Olive! I'm having a pirate party with swordfights, a gangplank, buried treasure, a lagoon filled with alligators ...' But how will her parents deliver, with their home under renovation?

Olive's elderly Aunt Tiffany rides to the rescue. But Olive has misgivings, which she shares with her friends. She decides it's up to her to make her party a happening, and enlists her classmates in preparations, to make up for the disappointment she anticipates. She needn't have, as Aunt Tiffany, aka 'Bluebeard the Pirate', surprises Olive and impresses her crewmates big-time.

Roberta Baker's charming Olive's Pirate Party is all about birthday anxiety and expectations, the folly of assumptions, and the remarkable ties that often skip generations. Debbie Tilley's antic illustrations are a perfect match for this delightful story.

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