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Pirates Ahoy!

Pirates Ahoy!

by Hilary McKay, Alex Ayliffe (Illustrator)

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Cousins, three-year-old Simon, and six-year-old Peter get to know each other while spending a day and a night at their grandma's house. Simon is outgoing. Peter is cautious and not sure he wants to play with a little kid whose favorite thing is a stuffed bear named Snowtop. When Simon asks Peter if his favorite thing is Floppy Bunny, Peter reacts grumpily. Wise Grandma lets the boys work things out while she tends to her knitting. Simon's imagination takes Snowtop into a jungle. Sunflowers become lions as they become monkeys. Peter decides to fight a lion, too. He is ready to go along when the scene changes to a pirate ship. After several scary escapes a kind lady brings food and a new sweater for Snowtop. Peter has a quiet question for her. The afternoon is filled with excitement until a wild woman drops them into hot water. She leaves them on two icebergs. Magically the wild woman turns into Gran who brings something to Peter. Simon guesses that Peter's favorite thing is Floppy Bunny after all and Peter doesn't mind that Simon knows. Narration tells what happens. Collage shows the action and props, and no dialog interferes. Irresistible! 1999, Margaret K, McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, Ages 3 to 7, $16.00. Reviewer: Margarette Reid—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
PreS-Six-year-old Peter is somewhat hesitant to spend the night at his grandmother's house with his cousin. After all, he is much too old to play with baby toys and with three-year-olds. Simon's sincerity eventually wins him over, though, and soon they are playing jungle and pirate ship. These fearless heroes survive a "shipwreck" and an attack by sharks (disguised as Gran's underwear on the clothesline) and eventually escape to the "vampire castle." By the time a "wild woman" comes and dumps them into a "boiling cauldron," the two boys have bonded. Ayliffe's bright illustrations have a flat, childlike quality that fits the youngsters' active imaginations. As the cousins become more and more engrossed in their adventures, the pictures become increasingly important, offering reassurance, for example, that the "two icebergs in the middle of the Arctic Ocean" on which the boys are "abandoned" are merely white-sheeted beds in a blue room. By the end of the story, Peter can finally admit that he, like Simon, has a favorite stuffed toy. A gentle story of imagination and family relationships.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, Eldersburg, MD Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

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Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Edition description:
1st U.S. Edition
Product dimensions:
10.01(w) x 9.97(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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