Roger, the Jolly Pirate by Brett Helquist

Standalone. Balzer + Bray (April 2004) Library
Roger is too jolly to be a pirate.

He does not scowl, growl, or strike fear into sailors' hearts like his pirate friends. So poor Roger is sent away whenever there is any real pirating to be done. Then one day, in the middle of a great battle, Jolly Roger cooks up a wonderful idea . . . and pirate ships will never be the same again!

Growing up I read The Series of Unfortunate Events all day long. Those were the books that I used to get complaints about because I would zone everyone out and just read. That series introduced me to the art of Brett Helquist whose distinct style and command of the page through his illustrations made me fall for Roger's story. 

The story itself was short and sweet. As sweet as a pirate story can be... Roger is just too jolly to be a pirate and isn't really seen as one by his fellow crew mates. Roger figures out a way to try to prove himself. While nothing went according to plan, Roger was able to find a way to gain his friend's respect. In turn his fellow pirates found a way to thank him by making him infamous in the pages of history.

A great story for pirate enthusiasts - Roger, the Jolly Pirate had wonderful illustrations that are sure to capture anyone's attention. I will always be ecstatic to read and view Helquist's books especially his illustrations. 


  1. This sounds like lots of fun and I love the illustrations you shared. Once you mentioned it I could recognize the style from The Series of Unfortunate Events. I will have to check out Roger! :) Thanks for sharing.

    1. If you liked the illustrations from that series you'll love the illustrations from this book. The pages are filled up with his artistry. It's fantastic!


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