I Love My Pirate Papa

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“This tale will surely be met with delight by the youngest buccaneers.”—School Library Journal

It's a yar vessel that can carry this crew of burly pirates, the captain, and his scrappy little son. From the crow's nest to the hold, from the high seas to the island of buried treasure, this boy hangs out with the most rough-and-tumble of rogues. And at the end of each day, he gets tucked in by the fiercest pirate of them all: his loving ...

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Overview

“This tale will surely be met with delight by the youngest buccaneers.”—School Library Journal

It's a yar vessel that can carry this crew of burly pirates, the captain, and his scrappy little son. From the crow's nest to the hold, from the high seas to the island of buried treasure, this boy hangs out with the most rough-and-tumble of rogues. And at the end of each day, he gets tucked in by the fiercest pirate of them all: his loving and tender dad.    

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“Given the fascination children have for the topic and the relative scarcity of easy pirate books, this tale will surely be met with delight by the youngest buccaneers.”— School Library Journal
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
In well-fashioned rhyming text, a little boy takes readers through a day onboard his father's ship, listing all of the reasons he loves his pirate-captain dad: "I love my pirate papa!/He's the bravest buccaneer./He helps me put my earring on/and buckles up my gear." After a day full of adventures together, the man tucks his son into his bunk, reads him a book about Captain Hook, and kisses him goodnight saying: "I spent my life a-plundering./My treasures bring me joy./But there's nothing I prize more than you,/my dearest pirate boy." Bright, jewel-toned acrylic and mixed-media cartoon illustrations add to the fun, drawing children into the main elements of a pirate's life-ferocious crew, skull-and-crossbones flag, desert island, etc.-but also offering interesting humorous details sprinkled throughout the pages, such as the skinny mice in almost every scene who participate in the action. The father sports an eye patch, tricorne, and unbelievably long mustache, all authentic but somehow managing not to look too scary. Both front and back endpapers display a pirate treasure map. Given the fascination children have for the topic and the relative scarcity of easy pirate books, this tale will surely be met with delight by the youngest buccaneers.
—Judith ConstantinidesCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Picture-book pirates are in plentiful supply, but it's still likely that plenty of landlubbers will enjoy listening to this loving description of a buccaneer dad. The narrator looks a bit like David Shannon's David, with beady black eyes, a round belly and angular limbs. In rollicking rhyme, he enumerates the joys of living aboard ship. His father, the pirate captain, helps him to get dressed, teaches him to read (from a treasure map, naturally), allows him to help recover the buried treasure and tucks him tenderly into bed at night. Stone's dark-toned illustrations, created in acrylic and mixed-media, feature exaggerated details to humorous effect (the father's shoulder-wide moustache is a particular favorite). A small mouse appears in several pictures, giving young listeners another reason to scan them carefully. Whether listeners will choose to spend more than one day in the company of this particular crew or quickly move on to a different adventure is open to argument. In the short run, however, this should definitely please book-thirsty young treasure seekers. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780544227279
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/13/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 924,116
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.30 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

LAURA LEUCK has written many books for children, including My Monster Mama Loves Me So. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

KYLE M. STONE is the illustrator of Please Bury Me in the Library, written by J. Patrick Lewis. He lives in Michigan.

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  • Posted August 11, 2009

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    This is the Best Pirate bedtime Book I have found yet.

    My husband and I received this as a gift at our Pirate Baby shower and both fell in love with this book. The Illustrations are colorful and beautifully done. This book has truly wonderful art work and a funny yet sweet story.
    The story is about a baby pirate and how his days are filled with plundering treasure and other pirate activates. It is also a story about a fathers bond with his son and the love that they share.

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