Backbeard and the Birthday Suit

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Overview

Set sail for a hairy adventure.

Sure, pirates are rough and tough and stinky. But after one particularly rowdy birthday party, even Backbeard must admit that it's time for him to buy a new suit.

With the local clothing shop out of all the traditional pirate garb, even a pirate as ornery as Backbeard can't always get what he wants. Backbeard's unusual new birthday suit will either make him the laughingstock of ...

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Overview

Set sail for a hairy adventure.

Sure, pirates are rough and tough and stinky. But after one particularly rowdy birthday party, even Backbeard must admit that it's time for him to buy a new suit.

With the local clothing shop out of all the traditional pirate garb, even a pirate as ornery as Backbeard can't always get what he wants. Backbeard's unusual new birthday suit will either make him the laughingstock of the whole ship, or the most stylish pirate to ever raise the Jolly Roger.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-The crew of Backbeard's ship, Five O'Clock Shadow, has thrown him a birthday party, and a good time is had by all-scratching, spitting, breaking bottles, and singing. When the festivities are over, Backbeard is filthier than usual and decides that he needs a new suit of clothes. The shop in town is out of pirate garb, so he ends up dressed like a dandy, in a straw boater and pink waistcoat. The crew fails to recognize him, and another brawl ensues as Backbeard proves that despite his attire he is "still the hairiest pirate to sail the five seas." The dimwit jokes get old fairly quickly in this thin plot. Of more interest are McElligott's illustrations. Using pencil, fabric, photography, and digital techniques, the pictures, which keep the chaos neatly contained in frames, have a variety of textures and, in some cases, a three-dimensional effect. There are, however, many more inviting and involving pirate tales available, including Jan Adkins's What If You Met a Pirate? (Roaring Brook, 2004), Brett Helquist's Roger, the Jolly Pirate (HarperCollins, 2004), and Melinda Long's How I Became a Pirate (Harcourt, 2003), making this one a marginal addition.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Backbeard the buccaneer gets a wardrobe upgrade in this waaay south of serious outing. So hairy and unsanitary that even his parrots quit in disgust, the pirate chief at last decides to exchange his filthy rags for something classier, and maybe pick up a new mascot too. Fortunately (for readers, if not for him), he finds a tailor both quick-witted and poker-faced, and soon Backbeard is strutting down the street past stunned townsfolk in a sporty boater and flashy psychedelic duds, balancing a piglet on his shoulder. His own crewmembers don't recognize him-"You sound like the Captain, but you look like a goofball"-until a friendly melee sets them straight. Properly capped with a back cover of equally hilarious alternative outfits and a squat, glowering, hirsute paper doll, this makes the funniest makeover since Laura Rader's Santa's New Suit (2000). (Picture book. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802780652
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 3/21/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.33 (w) x 11.21 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew McElligott

MATTHEW McELLIGOTT is the author of several books for children, including The Lion’s Share, Absolutely Not, and Backbeard and the Birthday Suit. He teaches at Sage College and also visits elementary schools around the country. He lives in New York.

www.mattmcelligott.com

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

    Funniest book ever!

    Quite simply, this is the funniest book that I have ever read. It is written for children, but any adult with a sense of humor will get a real laugh out of it as well. And after you have read the book, go back through and look at all of the pictures closely--the author did a great job with the illustrations, making them quite creative and funny in their own right.

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  • Posted January 10, 2010

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    Backbeard is Great

    My 4 year old grandson and I discovered this book at the library and we enjoyed it so much, I bought it. It took me several reads to realize that the main character's name is Backbeard, not Blackbeard; this makes sense because he is the hairiest pirate in the world. The book tells the story of this extremely grubby pirate captain and his motley crew. He needs a new outfit as a result of an overly enthusiastic birthday party, and the story takes him to town and a local clothing merchant. Not surprisingly, the merchant doesn't stock pirate clothing (or mascots) so Backbeard gets a new outfit that is decidedly NOT pirate-like. He and his crew learn that it matters more if you like something about yourself, even if others aren't so sure. The book is full of laughs and great illustrations. I don't know who enjoyed it more, my grand-son or me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2006

    Will he become a fashion statement or a laughing stock?

    Matthew McElligott's Blackbeard And The Birthday Suit tells of the hairiest pirate who ever lived, and a rowdy birthday which leads to his desire for a new suit. Problem is, the local fitter might not have his size in a buccaneer style coat, pirate pants, and more. Will he become a fashion statement or a laughing stock?

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