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Pirate Boy
     

Pirate Boy

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by Eve Bunting, Julie Fortenberry (Illustrator)
 

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After reading his favorite book about a pirate boy,
Danny wonders what would happen if he sailed away on a pirate ship. This reassuring picture book is by award-winning author Eve Bunting.

Overview

After reading his favorite book about a pirate boy,
Danny wonders what would happen if he sailed away on a pirate ship. This reassuring picture book is by award-winning author Eve Bunting.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Danny's mother has answers for all of his anxious pirate-related questions. While the storybook they read together offers Danny tantalizing possibilities—"Mom? What if I want to be a pirate and sail away on a pirate ship?"—threats and doubts loom, too. "What if I don't like it on the pirate ship? And I want to come back home?" But Mom deals skillfully, Runaway Bunny–style, with Danny's fretting: "Then I will ask a nice, friendly dolphin to take me out to that pirate ship, and we will bring you home." Layers of color and heavily worked figures give Fortenberry's (Pippa at the Parade) digital art a thick, substantial feel. The pirates, her spreads emphasize, are cheery fellows who would never harm Danny. His mother imagines vanquishing evildoers with magic shrinking spray ("with mint"); afterwards, the tiny pirates cower by Mom's gigantic feet. The book reads like a conversation Bunting (Tweak Tweak) might once have had with one of her own children; it's a warmhearted portrait of an endlessly patient parent, ready to help her child work through his fears and desires. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K—As Danny and his mom finish reading a pirate story, the child imagines becoming a pirate and sailing away. But "What if I don't like it on the pirate ship? And I want to come back home?" he asks. Through questions and answers, his mother explains how she will bring him home, riding a dolphin, battling sea monsters and pirates, and using her handy magic spray. Later, they will play at the beach with Daddy and then head home for cookies. Each time Mom answers his question, Danny responds, "Okay. But, Mom…?" giving the text rhythm and predictability. Cartoon illustrations are digitally painted in muted colors, creating a quiet tone. Despite prominent texturing lines, some spreads feel flat or awkward. Similar in theme and format to Margaret Wise Brown's Runaway Bunny (Harper, 1942) and Lisa McCourt's I Love You, Stinky Face (Troll, 1997), with the addition of the ever-popular pirates, the story is not an essential purchase, but it is one that will find its audience.—Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR
Pamela Paul
…with its simple text and sweet painted illustrations, this book will be reassuring to younger would-be pirates.
—The New York Times
From the Publisher

“It’s a warmhearted portrait of an endlessly patient parent, ready to help her child work through his fears and desires.”

“The illustrations . . . perfectly match the nonthreatening tone of the text.”

Children's Literature - Linda Creibaum
Danny is full of what if's after he and his mom read a pirate story. Mom is equally full of patience and offers a creative reply to counter every query. Danny's initial adventurousness quickly takes on a note of unease. He first imagines joining the pirates, but after he decides he does not want to be with them, Mom describes saving him by hitching a ride on a friendly dolphin and shrinking delightfully drawn sea monsters down to the size of goldfish with magic spray. She faces down pirates with her magic spray but leaves the bottle so they can get big again after she and Danny leave the ship because, after all, they are not bad pirates. The smiling pirates in traditional garb are drawn in bold lines and bright watercolors; they are more fun than scary and the ocean is marvelous.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823423217
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
08/26/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
904,055
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
AD580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

EVE BUNTING has writtenover two hundredbooks for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.

Julie Fortenberry is an abstract painter and a children’s book illustrator. She has a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Hunter College. Her illustrations have appeared in Sadie’s Sukkah Breakfast (Kar-Ben) and Pippa at the Parade (Boyds Mills Press). She lives in Westchester County, New York.

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Pirate Boy 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a cute story about a mother and son reading a book about a pirate boy...in a book called The Pirate Boy! Imaginative and sweet...and the kids at storytime loved it and the pirate treasure hunt we had.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago