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A Pirate's Guide to First Grade
     

A Pirate's Guide to First Grade

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by James Preller, Greg Ruth (Illustrator)
 

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 Arr! It’s the first day of first grade, and it’s all hands on deck for a young pirate and his crew. How much trouble can they get into? What will they do at recess? And, most important, what treasure awaits them at school?

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 Arr! It’s the first day of first grade, and it’s all hands on deck for a young pirate and his crew. How much trouble can they get into? What will they do at recess? And, most important, what treasure awaits them at school?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This rambunctious first day tale is fit for any young buccaneer. Leading an imaginary crew who are drawn in pale pencil, the red-haired protagonist shines his “snappers” (brushes his teeth), breakfasts on grub and grog, and boards the “great, grand jolly boat” (also known as the school bus), journeying to meet his teacher: “Silver was her name, and a fine old salt was she!” The pirates are ever-present companions, sharing in the ups and downs of the day (“We counted and spelled ’till we nearly dropped, brain-addled and weary”). Preller’s buoyant pirate-inflected storytelling and Ruth’s illustrations, which have a decidedly vintage flair, form an exuberant tribute to imagination and a spirit of adventure. Ages 3–6. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2—Told entirely in pirate lingo, this story follows a boy and his entourage of ethereal salty dogs through the first day of school. "Me great scurvy dog slurped me kisser when I was tryin' t' get me winks!" The protagonist's fruitful imagination turns ordinary routine into a high-seas adventure complete with a small, skirted buccaneer walking the plank during recess. In the end, where does X mark the spot? Treasure abounds in the library, with the chance to experience the adventure of the written word. The illustrations have a vintage feel, complete with boisterous grog-drinking, scabbard-waving, and bubble-pipe-smoking pirates. The combination of the muted tones of the pirates with the bold colors of the real world adds to the visual appeal. Despite the glossary, the text may prove a little challenging for the intended audience. However, it can serve as a tremendous read-aloud, especially on Talk Like a Pirate Day.—Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA
From the Publisher

“Kids will love the contrast between the antics of the imaginary pirates and the regular school-day routine.” —Scripps Howard News Service

“This rambunctious first day tale is fit for any young buccaneer… Preller's buoyant pirate-inflected storytelling and Ruth's illustrations, which have a decidedly vintage flair, form an exuberant tribute to imagination and a spirit of adventure.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Young would-be buccaneers facing their own first-day jitters will enjoy this droll title, which ends with a cheer or libraries. A great choice for sharing on September 19, International Talk Like a Pirate Day.” —Booklist

“The illustrations have a vintage feel, complete with boisterous grog-drinking, scabbard-waving, and bubble-pipe-smoking pirates…a tremendous read-aloud, especially on Talk Like a Pirate Day.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“Pirate-addled readers will dance a jig; press-ganged kids will be happy for the glossary. Good fun, me hearties.” —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312369286
Publisher:
Feiwel & Friends
Publication date:
07/20/2010
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Though born and raised near the briny depths of the Atlantic, JAMES PRELLER now lives a lubber’s life in Delmar, New York—far from his seafaring swabbies. His best mates are his wife, Lisa, and three children, Nicholas, Gavin, and Maggie. James has written many books, including Six Innings, Bystander, Mighty Casey, and the popular Jigsaw Jones mystery series. You can find out more by boarding his blog at www.jamespreller.com.

GREG RUTH lives and works in the landlocked woodlands of Western Massachusetts with his wife, Jen, and two boys, Emmett and Nathaniel, where he crafts graphic novels, children's picture books, and many other items to pass the long days not at sea. While he did indeed attend first grade, sadly, he was without pirate accompaniment. However, he has pondered a hook for his left hand, (but only because he thinks they’re really cool). You can find out more by visiting Greg at his Web site: www.gregthings.com

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