Pirate Nap: A Book of Colors

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What better place for naptime than a grand pirate ship on the high seas?

Two boys use their imaginations to turn everyday objects, from a white bandanna to yellow coins to a red blanket, into colorful pirate treasure as they prepare for naptime. With a bouncy rhymed text and fun illustrations, this charming book teaches little ones their colors while making a great read-aloud. Even the youngest readers and listeners will want to be a part of ...

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Overview

What better place for naptime than a grand pirate ship on the high seas?

Two boys use their imaginations to turn everyday objects, from a white bandanna to yellow coins to a red blanket, into colorful pirate treasure as they prepare for naptime. With a bouncy rhymed text and fun illustrations, this charming book teaches little ones their colors while making a great read-aloud. Even the youngest readers and listeners will want to be a part of the fun as they get ready to sail off to sleep!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It’s naptime on Spyglass Street, but under the watchful eye of their bemused mother, two toddler-aged pirates have different ideas. Smith’s solid rhymes introduce primary colors as the two swashbucklers search high and low for treasure of different colors at home: “Yellow treasures buried deep./ Lucky pirates. Loot to keep.” Though the color element feels secondary to the adventure, Petrone’s peppy digital graphics deliver both tongue-in-cheek humor and a kid’s-eye perspective on pretend play. Up to age 3. (Sept.)
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"Clever rhyming text in 'pirate speak' and colorful, digital gouache illustrations in muted tones create a standout concept book. . . . The facial expressions and body language of this duo are spot-on as they hop, jump, or dance, and the featured colors pop off the page. Children will pore over the small and large details in the artwork. This title inspires creative play, and is likely to be a treasure for years to come."—School Library Journal
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
The text of Pirate Nap has a strong staccato rhythm and rhyme: "Raid a hideout. Do a jig. Feast on grub. Guzzle. Swig." All that robust vocabulary (as we say these days) offers a wonderful way to support phonemic awareness. At the same time, the book reinforces young readers' awareness of how illustrations play an essential part in the story found in a picture book. Children will quickly pick up that these pirates are two young children engaged in a lively dramatic play. There's some interference from the pirates little sister who steals their loot but in the end all that play wears everyone out and they go to bed dreaming of more adventures. The subtitle indicates this is a book that could be used to reinforce color sense but in fact that that element seems a little contrived. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Clever rhyming text in "pirate speak" and colorful, digital gouache illustrations in muted tones create a standout concept book. Two young brothers, sometimes with a little sister in tow, explore the house, finding treasures in everyday objects. Mom tries to corral them to settle down: "Time for a nap, rowdy crew./Mighty pirates need sleep too/Captain sneers. 'Tis a trap!/Pirates never, ever nap!'" Providing a strong story arc that children will relate to, the boys continue their adventure until the inevitable happens. The eight basic colors are introduced in the humorous text and in the imaginative pictures. For example, the youngsters discover coins underneath the cushions of the couch. "YELLOW treasures buried deep/Lucky pirates./Loot to keep!" In the basement, imagination takes them through expansive land to a mountain—a large stack of folded laundry with a red blanket for the summit. The facial expressions and body language of this duo are spot-on as they hop, jump, or dance, and the featured colors pop off the page. Children will pore over the small and large details in the artwork. This title inspires creative play, and is likely to be a treasure for years to come.—Anne Beier, Clifton Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews

'Tis a cheerful afternoon on Spyglass Street, with swords flashing and pirates plundering—until Mom interrupts the fun.

"Time for a nap, rowdy crew. / Mighty pirates need sleep too." But the two little buccaneers don't agree. A mutiny is staged (or temper tantrum—rebellion takes all forms), and the Captain defiantly cries, "'Tis a trap! / Pirates never, ever nap!" The two boys set off running through the house, searching for treasure along the way. Yellow coins are found buried in the couch, a brown wooden chest is discovered in the attic and sparkling orange beads are hidden in the closet. But avast, every adventure must come to an end. The tired pirates find their ship (the bed), stow their treasure, lift the anchor (a green boot) and sail off to sleep. Smith and Petrone pair once again (Two at the Zoo, 2009) for another lively concept-book creation. With staccato sentences and a snappy scansion that never wastes a syllable, it is impossible to deny the energy found in these two imaginative little boys. Petrone's unmuddled palette and stretchy, loose-limbed characters add even more bounce to the romp.

Arr—pirates may not surrender without a fight, but even the rowdiest readers will have to concede the inevitability of naptime. (Picture book. 2-6)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547575315
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Danna Smith is the author of Two at the Zoo: A Counting Book, a companion to Pirate Nap: A Book of Colors, as well as several other picture books published under the name Dana Kessimakis Smith. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two children.You can visit her online at www.dannasmithbooks.com

Valeria Petrone has illustrated several books for young readers, including Two at the Zoo: A Counting Book and Pirate Nap: A Book of Colors by Danna Smith. Her artwork has been exhibited around the world, and she lives in her native Italy. You can learn more about her at www.valeriapetrone.com.

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