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Twenty-six Pirates: An Alphabet Book

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Dave Horowitz’s swashbuckling cut-paper artwork is packed with clever details in this epic companion to his popular Twenty-six Princesses.

This rhyming alphabet book is chock full of fun as 26 mischievous pirates head to Captain Frogbeard’s ship where they hope to join the crew—and the fun! From Arty to Zach, the Pirates of the Alphabet are the most colorful crew on the high seas!

 

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Overview

Dave Horowitz’s swashbuckling cut-paper artwork is packed with clever details in this epic companion to his popular Twenty-six Princesses.

This rhyming alphabet book is chock full of fun as 26 mischievous pirates head to Captain Frogbeard’s ship where they hope to join the crew—and the fun! From Arty to Zach, the Pirates of the Alphabet are the most colorful crew on the high seas!

 

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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Despite appealingly piratical illustrations, this swashbuckling title is thin on story and unsuccessful as an alphabet book. Each letter is represented by a boy's name, followed by a rhyming statement about him. It begins, "Pirate Arty. First to the party" and ends with, "Pirate Zach. The final attack." While the concept is clever enough, the names are written in a medieval-style type, preventing easy recognition by youngsters learning their letters. Additionally, the name choices are not always effective at presenting the appropriate sounds. The most problematic is the letter "J," Pirate Juan, which does not make the English "j" sound. The humorous collage illustrations are grotesquely cartoonish, slightly reminiscent of the work of David Shannon or Victoria Chess. The multicultural boys have huge, blocklike teeth, oversize heads, semicircle noses, and googly eyes. Busily doing everything from eating, to swimming, to walking the plank, they are joined on every page by bug-eyed frogs that add to the humor and tie the story together. The art will likely be a big hit with pirate fans everywhere, and a few sophisticated asides will appeal to parents, but those hoping for a plot or in search of books for an alphabet bin will need to look elsewhere.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
Kirkus Reviews
Yo ho ho, it's an alphabetical parade of pirates--by name! These 26 cleverly illustrated and unexpected rhyming name choices are bound to tickle readers' timbers. "Pirate ARTY. First to the party. // Pirate BRAD. Born to be bad." Each pirate receives a full-page portrait that depicts him (they are all boys) engaged in the behavior described. Pirate Lee, who needs to pee, quivers outside the head, hands over his crotch. Pirate Quaid, who is not afraid, nevertheless looks a little dubious as giant octopus tentacles loom. Pirate Tony, who is fall of baloney, happily munches a sandwich. And so on. The illustrations of construction paper, charcoal and colored pencils have a collage effect with comic exaggeration. Silent, clothed frogs that add to the humor appear with the named pirates on every page, brawling, cheering, laughing and gasping as circumstances demand. The final two pages depict all 26 pirates together on a boat, allowing readers to revisit them all and guess who is who. Horowitz mined the same abecedarian vein in his Twenty-Six Princesses (2008), so it's probably fitting that these pirates are all boys. Despite the lack of gender diversity, though, these little-boy buccaneers display a nice range of skin colors and hair textures. Aye mateys, heave-ho with this bounty of pirate silliness. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399257773
  • Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
  • Publication date: 6/27/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 251,158
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: BRL (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 10.68 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Horowitz

Dave Horowitz (www.horowitzdave.com) wrote and illustrated Twenty-six Princesses (and about a dozen other children’s favorites, including The Ugly Pumpkin, Five Little Gefiltes, Humpty Dumpty Climbs Again and Chico the Brave). He lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.

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