A Pirate's Guide to First Grade

A Pirate's Guide to First Grade

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by James Preller, Greg Ruth, Fred Berman
     
 

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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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This ebook includes audio narration.
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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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.)
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“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

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—A young buccaneer relates his first day of school in this predominantly iconographic version of the book (Feiwel & Friends, 2010) by James Preller. The author introduces the story harkening back to his own childhood and immersion in "the world of make believe." The red-haired, freckle-faced protagonist, who looks like he stepped out of a Norman Rockwell painting, wakes in a room filled with pirate toys and paraphernalia. He proceeds to narrate his day in authentic pirate lingo: he shines his snappers before heading down to the galley for grub; he greets "a salty crew of swabbies" as he boards his "ship" (a yellow school bus); Cap'n Silver is his teacher; at recess, "we even made one buccaneer walk the plank." As the first tiring day nears an end, he wonders, "Where's me treasure?" His wise teacher hands him a map, which leads him to the school library and a coveted copy of Treasure Island, among other riches. As in the book, the boy and his surroundings are painted in vivid color by Greg Ruth, while the ghostly pirate crew appears as pale brown sketches, figments of our collective imaginations. While some of the language will challenge viewers, close-ups and limited animation help clarify meaning. Strings and woodwinds provide subtle background music that captures the adventurous spirit. Show this the first weeks of school to playfully introduce the school building and routines as well as on September 19th for International Talk Like a Pirate Day!—Barbara Auerbach, P.S. 217, Brooklyn, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466847996
Publisher:
Feiwel & Friends
Publication date:
06/18/2013
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
48
File size:
18 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

James Preller is the author of the popular Jigsaw Jones mystery books, which have sold more than 10 million copies since 1998. He is also the author of Bystander, named a 2009 Junior Library Guild Selection, Six Innings, an ALA Notable Book, and Mighty Casey, his own twist on the classic poem, "Casey at the Bat." In addition to writing full-time, Preller plays in a men's hardball league and coaches Little League. He compares coaching kids to "trying to hold the attention of a herd of earthworms." He lives in Delmar, New York, with his wife, three children, cats and dog.

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).


James Preller is the author of the popular Jigsaw Jones mystery books, which have sold more than 10 million copies since 1998. He is also the author of Bystander, named a 2009 Junior Library Guild Selection, Six Innings, an ALA Notable Book, and Mighty Casey, his own twist on the classic poem, “Casey at the Bat.” In addition to writing full-time, Preller plays in a men’s hardball league and coaches Little League. He compares coaching kids to “trying to hold the attention of a herd of earthworms.” He lives in Delmar, New York with his wife, three children, cats and dog.
Greg Ruth is the illustrator of many graphic novels and books for children, including A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade and A Pirate’s Guide to Recess by James Preller, and is also the author/illustrator of Coming Home and The Lost Boy, a New York Times bestseller. He lives Ashfield, Massachusetts, with his family.

Fred Berman is a five-time winner of the AudioFile Earphone Award for Audiobook Narration and the recipient of the 2013 Audie Award for narration in Spy the Lie. He has read a number of audiobooks for young listeners, including Judy Blume’s Soupy Saturdays with The Pain&The Great One and Andrew Clements’s The Last Holiday Concert. He has also narrated the audiobooks for Robert Kirkman’s popular series, The Walking Dead.

Berman is an accomplished actor of both the stage and screen as well, performing on Broadway as Timon in The Lion King and off-Broadway in Hamlet, Twelfth Night, and King Lear. On television, Berman has had roles on NBC’s hit series Smash as well as All My Children and Law and Order. He lives in New York City.

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