Universally a favourite with test readers, Polly and the Pirates deals with prim and proper Polly’s unexpected and unwanted embroilment in the affairs of a charming and disreputable group of pirates. The art is clean and the layouts are intuitive to follow. Polly is sure to charm adults and children alike.
Violence: feats of daring are performed and death is threatened, but no blood is ever spilled.
Sexualized violence: There are some sexual overtones to some menacing encounters, but Polly extricates herself from them neatly on her own.
Gender: The story deals with Polly’s eventual rejection of the role of “lady” in favour of the values she believes in.
Bechdel’s law: Passes.
Parents may wish to be aware: Some offensive langauge is presented so euphemistically it may be unnoticeable. However, if “dog-botherer” or “bugger” will offend, be advised.