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Edward and the Pirates

Edward and the Pirates

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by David McPhail, David M. McPhail (Illustrator)

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Reading everything he can after learning how to read, young Edward finds his imagination soaring and particularly enjoys adventure stories, and one day he wakes up to find himself surrounded by pirates.


Reading everything he can after learning how to read, young Edward finds his imagination soaring and particularly enjoys adventure stories, and one day he wakes up to find himself surrounded by pirates.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Readers young and old will love the swashbuckling verve and intrepid adventure of this loving tribute to the power of books to fuel the imagination. A sequel to Santa's Book of Names, the book is filled with large, shadowy acrylics awash with heroic figures in poses reminiscent of N.C. Wyeth's grand illustrations. The story itself, however, begins on a domestic note, with a child's utter satisfaction in knowing how to read: "Once Edward learned to read, there was no stopping him. Cereal boxes at the breakfast table... seed catalogues... and books-all kinds of books." Sometimes, however, what Edward reads seems "to become real." One night he imagines himself at the helm of a pirate ship and suddenly finds his room filled with menacing pirates in search of his pirate book. Like a storybook hero himself, he bravely protects the coveted volume ("It's checked out on my library card-you'll have to wait till I return it"). Edward's rescue by his parents-dressed very much like Joan of Arc and Robin Hood, whose tales he has been reading-ends with owlish Edward taking pity on the pirates. The illustrations burst with drama: the pirates in full regalia loom over Edward in his bed; Edward's teddy bear mimes the boy's reactions, especially when they are told to walk the plank. McPhail maintains throughout a misty, twilight glow, creating a sort of subterranean mystery appropriate to events of the subconscious. Both spirited and merry, this cleverly plotted homage to the pure joy of reading will be proof of the dictum that one book opens another. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
McPhail uses rich, dark, acrylic on canvas paintings to set the mood for young Edward's love affair with books. Robin Hood, Joan of Arc, and finally pirates invade the very edges of the boy's existence until they truly come to life one dark and stormy night. This is a picture book that should sell any youngster on the adventurous joys of reading.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3Edward is an endearing, studious-looking little boy who reads everything he can get his hands on"Cereal boxes at the breakfast table...seed catalogs that arrived on the coldest day of winter, the inscription on the monument in the town square, and booksall kinds of books." Edward becomes so involved that whatever he reads seems to be real. One day at the local library he finds a volume entitled Lost Pirate Treasure and takes it home; that night pirates invade his bedroom, demanding that he hand over the book. In the ruckus that ensues, the child bravely refuses (it's checked out on HIS card, after all), but generously ends up reading it aloud to the pirates, who never learned how themselves. McPhail's tale colorfully shows the magical worlds a good book can create. The acrylic on canvas illustrations have a fantastical appearance, especially when Edward leaps into action with Admiral Peary, Robin Hood, and Joan of Arc. Edward and the Pirates will make a great read-aloud as it encourages children to read and discover the fun and adventure in books.Christina Linz, Macon Technical Institute Library, GA
Kirkus Reviews
Edward, who learned to read under emergency circumstances in Santa's Book of Names (1993), reads everything now: cereal boxes, mail-order catalogs, and every book he can get his hands on, especially adventure stories. An old book about undiscovered pirate treasure that he finds in a dusty recess of his public library attracts a band of shadowy buccaneers; they materialize in Edward's bedroom one night and demand the book, believing it will guide them to their lost hoard. Edward, good library patron that he is, refuses to hand it over: "It's checked out on my library card—you'll have to wait till I return it." The pirates bluster and threaten, Edward's parents ride in for the rescue as Joan of Arc and Robin Hood, but all is resolved peacefully when Edward discovers that the pirates can't read and offers to read to them. This is a wonderful adventure on the high seas of a child's imagination, with an accomplished pen-and-ink artist showing himself equally proficient in chiaroscuro in deep-toned, textured acrylics. Edward and his large, faithful teddy are irresistible and are scheduled to return, if the book's last sentence is any indication: "Some pirate treasure has never been found. . . ."

Product Details

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
Santas Book of Names Series
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Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 12.32(h) x 0.50(d)
AD550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

David McPhail has been a passionate artist since the age of two. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and began illustrating books for children in 1972. Since then he has created dozens of beloved books, including the celebrated Mole Music, which was a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, the bestselling If You Were My Bunny, Edward and the Pirates, Lost! and Drawing Lessons from a Bear. He lives in New Hampshire.

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Edward and the Pirates 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Edward LOVES to read. He finds a book about lost treasure at the library, and he begins to lose himself in a land of pirates and possibilities. In Edward's room, the landscape becomes a pirate ship, and his parents become part of this adventurous boy's mind. Edward saves the day when he discovers the pirates cannot read......what a fun book! I was able to read this to a class of second graders, and they seemed to enjoy it very much.