Shiver Me Timbers!: Pirate Poems & Paintings
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Shiver Me Timbers!: Pirate Poems & Paintings

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by Douglas Florian, Robert Neubecker
     
 

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Arrrgh you ready for this jaunty collection of pirate poems and paintings?

Ahoy mateys—it’s time to hoist up the anchors and set sail with a pack of pesky pirates! In this hilarious collection of nineteen poems, readers will meet scoundrels, scalawags, and scurvy dogs (human and canine). They’ll partake in battles, treasure hunts, and

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Arrrgh you ready for this jaunty collection of pirate poems and paintings?

Ahoy mateys—it’s time to hoist up the anchors and set sail with a pack of pesky pirates! In this hilarious collection of nineteen poems, readers will meet scoundrels, scalawags, and scurvy dogs (human and canine). They’ll partake in battles, treasure hunts, and some pirate-style grub (flounder, anyone?). And all the while, picture book greats Douglas Florian and Robert Neubecker will keep pirate fans laughing from bow to stern with their signature sense of humor.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a series of surly pirate-themed poems, Florian (Poem Runs: Baseball Poems) describe the pleasures of life on the high seas—avoiding bathing, pillaging towns, and burying treasure—with swashbuckler slang sprinkled throughout: "Some pirates pirate spices./ They steal without a care./ Some pirates pirate pirates—/ Arrgh, matey, best beware!" It's not all the good life, though, with meals leaving something to be desired ("One Friday we had flounder./ Saturday ate fluke./ If we have fish for one more day/ Methinks that I will puke," complains one scallywag). Florian tosses some unexpected ingredients into the chowder: fearsome Blackbeard diligently writes letters to his mum (she resembles her son, beard and all); on another spread, modern-day children examine the sand where, just below, a skeletal Captain Kidd still guards his treasure ("Been buried here/ Fer many a year/ Since 1669"). With their bloodshot eyes and yellowed teeth, Neubecker's caricatured pirates are appropriately rowdy, rambunctious, and rough around the edges (you can practically smell their feet), the humor complementing the playful say-it-with-a-snarl verse. Ages 6–up. Illustrator's agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. (Aug.)
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* “Arr! ’Tis a bonny day indeed when piratical inclinations are recorded with such florid nastiness as that found in this stellar collection of seagoing poems for salty dogs…it’s hard to imagine a pirate poetry book half as much fun as the one conjured up here. It helps that along with being amusing, the poems are actually informative as well…. Bouncy verse is ably complemented by Neubecker’s pitch-perfect art. His nasty (yet nicely multicultural and including both genders) rovers are always dirty, always wild and clearly having fun on every page. It’s not a stretch to say that if Shel Silverstein himself were to have dabbled in the piratical he could not have come up with a better selection of scurvy doggerel than the delicious verses found here.

Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2012, *STAR

* “From the smiling, rollicking kids on the cover laying claim to a beach full of treasure to the shipload of fierce, sneering, plundering, cutlass-waving, face-making buccaneers, boastful of their scurrilous behavior, these pirates are a motley group. In 19 poems, they teach “Pirate Patter” and punishment and describe some less-than-appetizing meals at sea; their penchant for stealing, burying, and sometimes losing track of treasure; and their weapons…. The up- and downsides of life on a pirate ship are evident in Neubecker’s bold, colorful, detail-filled cartoonlike illustrations, outlined in India ink. Kids, boys especially, will be charmed by these feisty poems.”

School Library Journal, August 2012, *STAR

“Florian provides young pirate lovers with a profusion of arrrghs and ahoy mateys, enough to keep their piratephilia alive for a long time…. Sometimes the poems veer into the deliciously disgusting…. Neubecker’s digitally colored India-ink illustrations play well with the light verse. While some of the images feature close-ups of faces, many of a pirate (or just his bloodshot eyes on a black background) staring directly at the reader, there is nothing to be afraid of here, and the reader knows that these poems are balanced between light gore and outright silliness.”

Horn Book Magazine, September/October 2012

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Florian's brief verses, one or two per double page, celebrate with humor the adventures of pirate life along with some of the shortcomings. "Pirate Patter" is an introduction to salty pirate language, in which, "There is no word for please." Hiring practices are discussed, along with pirate food, treasure, flags, and weapons. The rhymes are filled with word play along with fun. "A pirate's life is topsy-turvy./ Full of strife and rife with scurvy." The conclusion is, "Days of boring life at sea—/ A pirate's life is not fer me!" India ink drawings on watercolor paper are lively, digitally colored cartoons that tend to exaggerate the actions of the text. A pirate chest has a skeleton astride its lid; scary eyes are illustrated with bloodshot orbs on a totally black page; a model pirate appears loaded with all manner of weapons along with eye patch and parrot; etc. The images add considerably to the fun. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
Arr! 'Tis a bonny day indeed when piratical inclinations are recorded with such florid nastiness as that found in this stellar collection of seagoing poems for salty dogs. "A pirate's life is topsy-turvy, / Full of strife, and rife with scurvy." Don't believe a word of it. With Florian presenting the true life of pirates, from endless days of seafood ("If we have fish for one more day / Methinks that I will puke") to general information ("We're rude, crude dudes with attitudes"), it's hard to imagine a pirate poetry book half as much fun as the one conjured up here. It helps that along with being amusing, the poems are actually informative as well. Kids learn a variety of terms in "Pirate Patter," run through a virtual pirate thesaurus (from "buccaneers" to "salt sea-robbers") in "Names for Pirates," decipher what symbols mean in "Pirate Flags," and are instructed in the difference between a privateer and a buccaneer in "Rule of the Pirate." Bouncy verse is ably complemented by Neubecker's pitch-perfect art. His nasty (yet nicely multicultural and including both genders) rovers are always dirty, always wild and clearly having fun on every page. It's not a stretch to say that if Shel Silverstein himself were to have dabbled in the piratical he could not have come up with a better selection of scurvy doggerel than the delicious verses found here. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—From the smiling, rollicking kids on the cover laying claim to a beach full of treasure to the shipload of fierce, sneering, plundering, cutlass-waving, face-making buccaneers, boastful of their scurrilous behavior, these pirates are a motley group. In 19 poems, they teach "Pirate Patter" and punishment and describe some less-than-appetizing meals at sea; their penchant for stealing, burying, and sometimes losing track of treasure; and their weapons. To hear them tell it, they're "...rude, crude dudes with attitudes" who practice growling-"Arrr!"-and "…love to try to make you cry." "A pirate's life is not for me!" says the young bloke rowing away from the ship under a starry sky. The up- and downsides of life on a pirate ship are evident in Neubecker's bold, colorful, detail-filled cartoonlike illustrations, outlined in India ink. Kids, boys especially, will be charmed by these feisty poems.—Susan Scheps, formerly at Shaker Heights Public Library, OH

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442413214
Publisher:
Beach Lane Books
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
504,900
Product dimensions:
9.28(w) x 11.12(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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From the Publisher
* “Arr! ’Tis a bonny day indeed when piratical inclinations are recorded with such florid nastiness as that found in this stellar collection of seagoing poems for salty dogs…it’s hard to imagine a pirate poetry book half as much fun as the one conjured up here. It helps that along with being amusing, the poems are actually informative as well…. Bouncy verse is ably complemented by Neubecker’s pitch-perfect art. His nasty (yet nicely multicultural and including both genders) rovers are always dirty, always wild and clearly having fun on every page. It’s not a stretch to say that if Shel Silverstein himself were to have dabbled in the piratical he could not have come up with a better selection of scurvy doggerel than the delicious verses found here.

Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2012, *STAR

* “From the smiling, rollicking kids on the cover laying claim to a beach full of treasure to the shipload of fierce, sneering, plundering, cutlass-waving, face-making buccaneers, boastful of their scurrilous behavior, these pirates are a motley group. In 19 poems, they teach “Pirate Patter” and punishment and describe some less-than-appetizing meals at sea; their penchant for stealing, burying, and sometimes losing track of treasure; and their weapons…. The up- and downsides of life on a pirate ship are evident in Neubecker’s bold, colorful, detail-filled cartoonlike illustrations, outlined in India ink. Kids, boys especially, will be charmed by these feisty poems.”

School Library Journal, August 2012, *STAR

“Florian provides young pirate lovers with a profusion of arrrghs and ahoy mateys, enough to keep their piratephilia alive for a long time…. Sometimes the poems veer into the deliciously disgusting…. Neubecker’s digitally colored India-ink illustrations play well with the light verse. While some of the images feature close-ups of faces, many of a pirate (or just his bloodshot eyes on a black background) staring directly at the reader, there is nothing to be afraid of here, and the reader knows that these poems are balanced between light gore and outright silliness.”

Horn Book Magazine, September/October 2012

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