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Night Piratesby Peter Harris
Synopses & Reviews
A perfectly pitched, irresistibly charming read-aloud picture book for the youngest pirate enthusiasts!
"Down, down, down the dark, dark street they came. Up, up, up the dark, dark house they climbed. Stealthy as shadows, quiet as mice. Only the moon was watching when they arrived. Only the moon was watching when they left. Only the moon and one little boy."
Tom is awoken by a band of rough, tough little girl pirates, so what does he do? He joins their ranks! Together they set sail in search of treasure. But what will happen when they meet a crew of rough, tough grown-up pirates? Readers will be swept up in the spare, jaunty text, and quirky illustrations in this unexpected bedtime adventure.
"It's one laugh after another in this razzle-dazzle bedtime tale from the team behind Perfect Prudence. A mob of indomitable pirates — 'rough, tough little girl pirates' whom Allwright depicts with enormous hats twice as big as they are — snatch the front of Tom's house in a daring nighttime raid (yes — the whole faade). Tom then asks them to accept him as a shipmate. 'And did the girl captain say, 'Certainly not! You're only a boy!' Oh, no, not at all! Instead she roared, 'Welcome aboard!' ' Cleverly disguising their ship with the front of Tom's house, the girl pirates and their new matey ambush a gang of grown-up pirates asleep on a desert island. 'I've seen a house!' the stumpy pirate captain gasps. 'We've all seen houses,' the dozing pirates reply. 'Who cares?' Allwright joins the rollicking fun with her full-bleed spreads, spooling out the treasure theme with footstep paths through the drawings, and applying old map and graph cutouts as collage elements. The grown-up pirates don't stand a chance, of course. Snatching the pirates' treasure chest, the diminutive pirate clan sails off with it. 'Captain Patch stamped his feet and shouted his worst pirate curse, 'If you don't give me back my treasure, I'll tell my mommy!' ' Satisfying repetition ('Down down down the dark dark street they came') and gentle parodies of the usual stereotypes will make this a read-aloud favorite. Ages 3-7. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The story's touch of the ridiculous will appeal to young listeners, especially surrounding the adult pirates. This tale would be terrific at a pajama storytime, and its pirate theme will satisfy many young girls and boys." School Library Journal
"Pirate fans of both sexes will enjoy this rollicking, high-seas caper." Kirkus Reviews
"Children will delight in her use of unusual angles and the sheer energy of each double-page spread. Young fashionistas, for instance, will be amused by the extravagant hat worn by the captain of the girl pirates. A sure bet for bedtime, but suggest this for daytime sharing, too." Booklist
Charlotte Jane the Hearty comes into the world howling. Before longand#160;sheand#160;grows into a little girl who loves playing pirate--perhaps because she lives with what appear to be retired pirate parents. Charlotte Jane engages in swashbuckling sessions, goes on treasure hunts, and seeks out Fantastic Feats of Daring--all the while proving she hasformidableoomph. She is not thrilled when bedtime approaches. Her mother tells her thatand#160;no one can be hearty without a good night's sleep, which Charlotte Jane finds out all on her own when her oomph disappears. She discovers at last that dreams, especiallyherdreams, are rip-roaring fun.and#160;
One night, Tom is awakened by a band of rough, tough little girl pirates. So what does he do? He joins their ranks, and together they set sail in search of treasure. Full color.
About the Author
Rumor has it that in her schooldays, Deborah Allwright was tip-top at math, superlative in english, and a flawless gymnast. But this is all scurrilous rumor. Fortunately, she is a rather good illustrator, living and working in London.
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