Are Pirates Polite?

by Corinne Demas, Artemis Roehrig, Illustrated By David Catrow

Orchard Books
December 2016

Ages 6 – 8 . Grades 1 – 3

Library of Congress: 2015031340

Lexile measure: AD850L

DRA: 18

Guided Reading: K

"Pirates are unruly
and pirates love to fight,
but pirates still say 'please' and 'thanks'
'cause pirates are polite."

Are Pirates Polite? shows pirates' rowdy activities and teaches manners lessons. These pirates remember to say "please" and "thank you." If pirates can be polite, surely young readers can, too!

Fun, rhyming text by Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig pairs pirates' questionable activities with their lead-by-example lessons in manners. David Catrow's humorous, zany illustrations depict the swashbuckling nature of the pirates. Follow along as pirates have fun on a pirate ship, divide up their treasure, and teach manners. Aargh!
David Catrow

David Catrow is the award-winning illustrator of numerous books for children, including Monster Mash, the Max Spaniel series, Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs, and Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon. He lives with his wife, Debbie, and their dogs. Please visit his website:
Corinne Demas

Corinne Demas is the award-winning author of numerous books for children and adults, including Are Pirates Polite?, illustrated by David Catrow, Pirates Go to School, illustrated by John Manders, and Always in Trouble, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Corinne is a professor of English at Mount Holyoke College, and her website is She divides her time between Western Massachusetts and Cape Cod.
Artemis Roehrig

Artemis Roehrig lives in Western Massachusetts and loves to share stories with her two children. The Grumpy Pirate is her fifth book. You can learn more about her and her work at


  • Praise for Pirates Go to School by Corinne Demas and illustrated by John Manders:
    "The eager-to-learn pirates learn to clean up after their parrots and not to swear.... A humorous read." -- School Library Journal

    Praise for Saying Goodbye to Lulu by Corinne Demas and illustrated by Ard Hoyt:
    * "Demas uses sensory details to bring the story to life.... A sensitive, hopeful portrayal." -- Booklist, starred review

    Praise for Max Spaniel: Funny Lunch by David Catrow:
    "Catrow's watercolor illustrations are exuberant and clever, full of humorous details that kids will love to discover." -- School Library Journal

    Praise for Monster Mash by David Catrow:
    "Catrow has created a hilarious picture book with inventive illustrations. Electrifying pictures.... The artwork shows everything readers might think would frighten them in a humorous light." -- School Library Journal



ISBN: 9780545628747

40pp. | 11 x 9