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How I Became a Pirateby Melinda Long and David Shannon
Synopses & Reviews
When Braid Beard's pirate crew invites Jeremy Jacob to join their voyage, he jumps right on board. Buried treasure, sea chanteys, pirate talk — who wouldn't go along? Soon Jeremy Jacob knows all about being a pirate. He throws his food across the table and his manners to the wind. He hollers like thunder and laughs off bedtime. It's the heave-ho, blow-the-man-down, very best time of his life. Until he finds out what pirates don't do — no reading bedtime stories, no tucking kids in...
Maybe being a pirate isn't so great after all.
Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator David Shannon teams up with witty storyteller Melinda Long for a hilarious look at the finer points of pirate life.
"Long's dry, tongue-in-cheek humor serves as an ideal springboard for Shannon's gleefully madcap illustrations." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"A roaring good read." Teaching K-8
"Shannon's illustrations...are a page-turning glory. Long's clever and spirited text leaves other pirate books in the bilge." San Diego Union-Tribune
"Caldecott Honor-winner Shannon spices up this spirited pirate tale with vivid, appropriately zany acrylics."Child Magazine
"Readers will be blown away by this rowdy gang, depicted in richly robust, humorous paintings."School Library Journal
When Jeremy Jacob sets off on a pirate adventure, he loves doing everything the pirates do . . . but then he finds out what they DON'T do.
Pirates have green teeth — when they have any teeth at all. I know about pirates, because one day, when I was at the beach building a sand castle and minding my own business, a pirate ship sailed into view.
So proclaims Jeremy Jacob, a boy who joins Captain Braid Beard and his crew in this witty look at the finer points of pirate life by the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator David Shannon and the storyteller Melinda Long. Jeremy learns how to say “scurvy dog,” sing sea chanteys, and throw food... but he also learns that there are no books or good night kisses on board: “Pirates don't tuck.” A swashbuckling adventure with fantastically silly, richly textured illustrations that suit the story to a T.
About the Author
Melinda Long is a teacher and the author of several picture books. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina.
David Shannon is the illustrator of many successful picture books. His numerous awards include a Caldecott Honor for No, David! He lives in Burbank, California.
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