This was a pretty fun book, mixing real pirate lore and superstition with elements from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, in a how-to style. There are the things every pirate should know, like how to climb rigging or properly insult someone ("feculent maggot" being my personal favorite, followed closely by "salty wench"). There are also the less expected tips on things like How to Disguise Your Gender* or How to Cope with Mermaids.There are pictures and illustrations interspersed throughout the text, ranging from movie stills to instructional diagrams to amusing illustrations.like this ------->All told, I think this would make a great gift for boys (especially those who are reluctant readers) and for pirate aficiandos; it would also make for a fun quirky coffee table book, and certainly come in handy on International Talk Like a Pirate Day. There's enough real history mixed in with quirky pirate lore to entertain most pirate fans, and the design of the book is rather nice and user-friendly, too. *as anyone who's seen my latest IMM would expect, I quite liked that section. Female pirates in disguise = awesomesauce.