How I Became a Pirate
Pirates have green teeth--when they have any teeth at all. I know about pirates, because one day, when I was at the beach building a sand castle and minding my own business, a pirate ship sailed into view.So proclaims Jeremy Jacob, a boy who joins Captain Braid Beard and his crew in this witty look at the finer points of pirate life by the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator David Shannon and the storyteller Melinda Long. Jeremy learns how to say "scurvy dog," sing sea chanteys, and throw food . . . but he also learns that there are no books or good night kisses on board: "Pirates don't tuck." A swashbuckling adventure with fantastically silly, richly textured illustrations that suit the story to a T.
- Hardback | 44 pages
- 218.44 x 279.4 x 7.62mm | 453.59g
- 01 Sep 2003
- Cengage Learning EMEA
- THOMSON LEARNING
- London, United Kingdom
- colour illustrations
"Shannon's illustrations... are a page-turning glory. Long's clever and spirited text leaves other pirate books in the bilge." "Readers will be blown away by this rowdy gang, depicted in richly robust, humorous paintings." "Caldecott Honor-winner Shannon spices up this spirited pirate tale with vivid, appropriately zany acrylics." "Long's dry, tongue-in-cheek humor serves as an ideal springboard for Shannon's gleefully madcap illustrations." "A roaring good read." "Long''s dry, tongue-in-cheek humor serves as an ideal springboard for Shannon''s gleefully madcap illustrations." "Shannon''s illustrations... are a page-turning glory. Long''s clever and spirited text leaves other pirate books in the bilge."
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While at the beach, a young boy named Jeremy Jacob looks up from his sand castle to find a pirate ship approaching the beach. He tries to tell his family, but they are all too busy, and no one notices when the pirates pull up in their rowboat and ask Jeremy if they have reached the Spanish Main. When he says no, they are at North Beach, the pirate captain notices Jeremy's sandcastle. They need a good digger, so they invite Jeremy along with them to bury their treasure. Life as a pirate starts out very exciting. Jeremy finds that pirate table manners don't include saying "please" or chewing with mouths closed. He doesn't have to eat vegetables (since there aren't any on board), and he even teaches the pirate crew how to play soccer before the ball ends up overboard in a shark's mouth. After a hardy pillow fight, Jeremy heads to bed without brushing his teeth...but he can't sleep. Pirates don't tuck in, or read bedtime stories. And when a terrible storm hits the ship, Jeremy is forgotten in the chaos, and being a pirate isn't much fun anymore. He'll have to do some quick thinking to escape the ship and get back home in time for soccer practice the next day. A hilarious read with goofy, guffaw-inducing illustrations, this whacky tale of a modern boy pirate teaches the important lesson that getting what you wish for is not always best. Even the bravest little pirates may realize after reading that a safe life at home, watching pirates in books and movies, may be more appealing than an actual life out at sea. *Gold Star Award Winner!show moreby TeensReadToo