One of my only regrets, as it concerns the three months I spent hiking through Ireland one summer, is that I never made it to County Mayo, and never visited Clare Island stronghold of the M ille clan, and home of Gr inne N Mh ille sometimes known as Grace O Malley , the famed sixteenth century pirate and chieftain A fascinating figure, who defied many of the conventions of her day governing the activities and behavior of women, Grania as she is known here, in Emily Arnold McCully s pi One of my only regrets, as it concerns the three months I spent hiking through Ireland one summer, is that I never made it to County Mayo, and never visited Clare Island stronghold of the M ille clan, and home of Gr inne N Mh ille sometimes known as Grace O Malley , the famed sixteenth century pirate and chieftain A fascinating figure, who defied many of the conventions of her day governing the activities and behavior of women, Grania as she is known here, in Emily Arnold McCully s picture book biography is a woman after my own heart, and I am always interested to see a new retelling of her story.The Pirate Queen follows it heroine from her birth in 1530, the only child of Owen O Malley, chieftain of the O Malleys through her tumultuous youth, in which it became clear that she was meant for a life on the sea her battles against other pirates, whether Turkish or English her marriages, first to Donal O Flaherty, and then to Richard Burke the eventual ruin of her family and fortune, at the hands of the English governor, Sir Richard Bingham and her visit to the court of Queen Elizabeth I, to seek restitution Needless to say, it is an exciting story, sure to keep young readers engaged, whether their chief interest is in pirates, the history of Ireland, or the story of a strong woman McCully knows how to tell a tale, and she also knows how to illustrate it, as witnessed by her Caldecott Medal winner, Mirette on the High Wire Her watercolor illustrations for The Pirate Queen, particularly the scenes at sea, are as expressive as the text, and as full of motion Highly recommended, to all young readers with an adventurous spirit My Review I was so excited to discover a lady pirate book at the library so of course had to read it of my pirate month The illustration style is very dark and with a watercolor style that lends to the dark story Come to find out it is actually a historical story and she did fight for her people throughout her life both on the sea and off the sea This was an interesting story that makes you want to dive deeper into this amazing little known woman. We re having Pirate Week at our house, so of course I had to find a book about a girl pirate It wasn t until the end of this book that I realized this was a true story about a 16th century pirate It was full of big words and grown up concepts nothing was sugar coated here but Joey 4yo and I really enjoyed it. This was a great story of a true pirate queen The pictures were wonderful, too I read it with my daughter, 8, who also enjoyed it. I liked this book because it s about a strong women doing a man s job, but I don t know that it s totally appropriate for young children The book discusses gambling and even illustrates Grania O Malley breast feeding her child The story of O Malley is very interesting, but I don t care for how this book goes about telling her story.I wouldn t use this book unless it was totally necessary If I had to I would use it in a classroom with older children. Interesting, informative, well illustrated with a good historical note Everything you could ask for from a picture book biography. I d never heard of this woman before this book, but how cool a life she must have lived I feel like she s the kind of person that people today would be fascinated by if they only knew a littleabout her They ought to make a movie about a person like her I m sure there s an audience for it Anyway, this, like almost everything that McCully writes, was really well presented I loved the book. This book showed the life of Grania O Malley and how she became a pirate.She didn t seem to be a real person because we don t see much of the un pirate part of her I supose if kids like to read about pirates and want to see how a woman is able to succeed as a pirate would really like this book because it is a true story I didn t like it very much though. Grania O Malley was born with the mark of a sailor and the light of the sea in her eye As she grew, tales of her courage and heroic deeds traveled across Ireland But when she came up against a ruthless governor, even fearless Grania was stymied So she turns to a woman powerful than she in this heart stopping tale that s as big as the Irish Sea McCully writes with great flair and her sweeping watercolors capitalize on the historical drama Based on both historical fact and colorful legend, this biographical picture book about Grania Granuaile, in Old Irish, or Grace, in English O Malley is a great story for young feminist readers We read this to complement our Middle Ages history lesson about the Celts.