A Pirate's Night Before Christmasby Philip Yates, Sebastiá Serra
Come aboard, young mateys, for a piratical retelling of "The Night Before Christmas!" On a ship of mischievous brigands–who have visions of treasure, not sugarplums, dancing in their headsyou won't expect a visit from jolly St. Nick. But can tough buccaneers catch the holiday spirit, too? Philip Yates's rollicking rhymes and Sebastiá Serra's sprightly… See more details below
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Come aboard, young mateys, for a piratical retelling of "The Night Before Christmas!" On a ship of mischievous brigands–who have visions of treasure, not sugarplums, dancing in their headsyou won't expect a visit from jolly St. Nick. But can tough buccaneers catch the holiday spirit, too? Philip Yates's rollicking rhymes and Sebastiá Serra's sprightly pictures turn Moore's Christmas perennial into a jubilant celebration.
This rollicking, seafaring version of Moore's poem will give pirate fans a chuckle while not exactly establishing itself as a Christmas classic. The adapted rhymes scan fairly well: "'Twas the night before Christmas aboard the Black Sark ./Not a creature was stirrin', not even a shark!/The stockin's were stuck to the bowsprit with tar,/In hopes that Sir Peggedy soon would be thar." The pencil and ink illustrations have a vibrant, cluttered humor that is reminiscent of, though not as well executed as, those of Lane Smith. Sir Peg himself is a little hard to make out as a person, but this is a fun addition to the subgenre of wacky adaptations of the classic.-Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
Praise for A Pirate's Night Before Christmas:
“Perfect fun, a treasure in every way.” Children's Literature “This is a belly laugh of a book for young buccaneers.” Associated Press
“The robust verse sails along with gusto . . . ” The Horn Book Magazine
“[A] pitch-perfect parody . . . the expertly rhymed text is packed full of pirate jargon . . . that beg[s] to be read aloud in rousing fashion.” Kirkus Reviews
Meet the Author
Philip Yates lives in Austin, TX, and works in the Austin Public Library system. A Pirate's Night Before Christmas was his first picture book. It was so successful he created a sequel, A Pirate's Twelve Days of Christmas, which received praise from the Horn Book (“The pirate lingo and raucously detailed color-rich illustrations add seafaring flair to this holiday standard”) and Kirkus Reviews (“Avast, me hearties! Here be another bonny piratical parody ready for the readin' to the young'uns at the Christmas season.”)
Sebastiá Serra hails from Barcelona, Spain, where he studied Fine Arts at the Universitat de Barcelona. He is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in magazines and on television. He has illustrated a number of picture books in Spain and in the US (including A Pirate's Twelve Days of Christmas by Philip Yates). His work has also been displayed in exhibitions all over the world, spanning countries such as the US, Italy, Japan, China, and Korea.
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