How to be a Pirate

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Ahoy, landlubber! Come with me.
Board me ship upon the sea!
Not a pirate? Don't know how?
Ye can learn to be one now!

Little landlubbers get to earn their sea legs on a pirate ship amidst the goofiest pirates ever. There's lingo to learn (Gangway! Blimey! Yo-ho-ho!), a pirate look to choose (Pick a parrot for your arm. Every pirate's lucky charm!), and most importantly, ...

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Ahoy, landlubber! Come with me.
Board me ship upon the sea!
Not a pirate? Don't know how?
Ye can learn to be one now!

Little landlubbers get to earn their sea legs on a pirate ship amidst the goofiest pirates ever. There's lingo to learn (Gangway! Blimey! Yo-ho-ho!), a pirate look to choose (Pick a parrot for your arm. Every pirate's lucky charm!), and most importantly, pirate rules to learn (No more toothpaste! Farewell, bath! Once ye choose the pirate path!).This rollicking read-aloud will be a hit among boys, girls, and parents alike!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
A pirate captain welcomes three children (and the readers) with a cheerful “Ahoy, landlubber!” and instructs them in what it takes to be a pirate. The captain may have rotten teeth, but he is jolly rather than scary, and reassuring to boot. “I don’t bite.” he tells the children as they board, before warning them to watch their step since the “deck is wet.” His tour of the vessel even includes mention of a life raft, should they need it. Then comes the part children will love: “No more manners! No more fuss!” Being a pirate means doing pirate things—and this is when readers will want to jump up and act the part—including shuffling, swaggering, using pirate terms, wearing an eye patch, holding a hook, and foregoing baths or toothbrushes. It is all fun and games until an enemy ship approaches; at least the skirmish is brief and the coast is close. It is time to dig for treasure and dance a pirate jig. Fliess’ rhyming text is quick and nimble. Readers are likely to ask for this book over and over again. Nikki Dyson’s illustrations evoke a 1950s sensibility appropriate to the “Little Golden Books” series, but readers will want to look closely to appreciate elements of visual humor (such as the pirate asleep in the hammock while holding a teddy bear, the pirate rubber ducky in the bathtub, the “mom” tattoo on the burly pirate’s bicep). Strangely, although the children are drawn with an eye towards diversity of gender and ethnicity, the pirates are all male, and the black pirate only appears on two pages. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green; Ages 2 to 6.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449813096
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Series: Little Golden Book Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 137,776
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author

SUE FLIESS is a master at writing engaging stories for the preschool set. She wrote the Little Golden Book Robots, Robots Everywhere!

NIKKI DYSON is an illustrator whose clients include American Greetings, Hallmark, and Usborne Publishing.

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  • Posted January 22, 2014

    "Ahoy, landlubber Come with me, Board me ship upon the sea.

    "Ahoy, landlubber
    Come with me,
    Board me ship upon the sea."  And so this hilarious pirate tale begins.....

    Pirate or not,  this is the ship to be on and get a taste of what a real pirate's life is like.  You get a free tour and to feast your eyes on the Skulls and Crossbones flag flying high against the blue sky. The perks of being a pirate are:  you don't need to mind your manners, you can use pirate lingo (gangway, blimey, yo-ho-ho),  and even design your own pirate outfit complete with a squawky parrot of your own choosing - every pirates lucky charm! A pirate's life of freedom include no teeth brushing, no baths or no rules to obey.  A pirate's life can be dangerous and you have to always be on guard for evil enemies that are lurking about the sea.  After one such chase the pirates escape safely and finally land ashore to dig for buried treasure.  Pirates know how to celebrate when they flip open the treasure chest and find valuable pieces of eight that are theirs for the taking.  They sing a shanty, whistle a happy tune and  dance a jig in their  pirate pants.  Pirates know how to celebrate and party hearty!  Yo ho ho...a pirate's life for me! Or is it? 

    Sue Fliess tells this story in perfect rhyme and will have girls, boys, and parents engaged in this  rollicking pirate's tale.  The illustrations are hilarious, cartoonish and very detailed. They are a perfect visual expression to the fun text.  This book is a lot of fun and I highly recommend it.

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