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A Pirate's Guide to Recess
     

A Pirate's Guide to Recess

by James Preller, Greg Ruth (Illustrator)
 

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Ahoy, mateys!

It's time for recess, and the schoolyard is teeming with young pirates ready for action. Who will rule the stormy seas of the playground? Recess has never been such an adventure!

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Ahoy, mateys!

It's time for recess, and the schoolyard is teeming with young pirates ready for action. Who will rule the stormy seas of the playground? Recess has never been such an adventure!

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Publishers Weekly
Using the same blustery pirate slang and vintage-style artwork that propelled A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade, Preller and Ruth transform a school playground into a swashbuckling adventure featuring two rival captains—Red (from the previous book) and fearsome Molly. Their respective pirate crews are again rendered in pencil, creating a ghostly effect, and their surly theatrics will pull readers through this nautical fantasy. “Don’t scowl so, sweet Red!” Molly tells Red after his crew mutinies. “We’re just having a little yo ho ho.” Preller and Ruth put kids at the helm as they communicate the joy of escaping into a world of pretend. Ages 3–6. Author’s agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (June)
From the Publisher

“The glossary, called 'Homework! A Pirate's Vocabulary,' will make this a suitable addition to a school lesson or display.” —School Library Journal

“...a swashbuckling adventure...” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Captain Red leads his lads out to school recess and puts them to work swabbing and swashing an imaginary deck. As Molly watches them swarm "aboard" on the playground in color across the double page, we can see real pirates at work drawn in outline behind them. And so it goes, as Captain Red hoists the Jolly Roger. A "real" pirate adventure is sketched in back and around as in full color Molly threatens and Red prepares to fight. Red's crew refuses to battle and ties him up. When the bell rings, Molly agrees to release him on the promise to play again tomorrow. The shadowy pirates watch as the pair go back to their books. The back end pages display the pirate vocabulary complete with definitions. The double pages are filled with the monochromatic realistic drawings of the stereotypical pirate actions contrasting with full color equally realistic depictions of the youngsters, all created with pencil, Sumi ink, watercolor oil-stick, and pastels to reflect the vivid imagination of those involved. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Swashbuckling sketches of ships, pirates, and parrots abound in this homage to pretend play. Molly and Red captain two unruly bands of rapscallions, and when they face off on the high seas, Red orders a siege. His lackluster scallywags mutiny because they have "no stomach for swordplay." Molly's mates help them tie up the howling Red and send him out to sea. When the bell rings and the spell of their pirate adventure starts to unravel, Molly graciously releases his imaginary ropes and promises more adventures tomorrow. A final scene of them reading together shows their pirate crews peering curiously over their shoulders. Ruth's illustrations expertly convey a fantasy pirate world in line drawings, while the children and the schoolyard are shown in full color. Regrettably, the story lacks enough interesting conflict to propel the plot and the resolution feels forced. Preller misses the opportunity for genuinely funny pirate dialogue and situational comedy in favor of interjecting numerous "Arrr's" and "Aye's." The glossary, called "Homework! A Pirate's Vocabulary," will make this a suitable addition to a school lesson or display, but the book may leave many readers feeling like it was all "blimey" and no booty.—Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250005151
Publisher:
Feiwel & Friends
Publication date:
06/18/2013
Pages:
36
Sales rank:
1,361,128
Product dimensions:
10.38(w) x 10.12(h) x 0.40(d)
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. He's written many books, including Six Innings, Bystander, Before You Go, the popular Jigsaw Jones series, and of course, A Pirate's Guide to First Grade.

Greg Ruth lives and works in the landlocked woodlands of Western Massachusetts—alas, without pirate accompaniment. He has illustrated many books and graphic novels, including A Pirate's Guide to First Grade, and Our Enduring Spirit: President Barack Obama's First Words to America.

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