Synopses & Reviews
Francisco is finally old enough to journey to the mango grove all by himself to gather the mangoes for a special dinner. But bees swarm the fruit, and Francisco has trouble picking them from the tree. He returns to his father several times, and each time his father shares a different proverb to inspire Francisco to continue trying. \"Querer es poder. Where there\'s a will, there\'s a way!\" Finally, Francisco is able to gather some mangoes, and on his way home he stops to visit his uncle, grandmother, and aunt. Francisco shares his mangoes with them, and by the time he gets home he no longer has any! \"Es mejor dar que recibir. Sometimes it\'s better to give than to receive.\"
Luckily for Francisco, his generosity does not go unnoticed. \"Amor con amor se paga. Love is repaid with love.\"
Readers are sure to be charmed by this humorous story about problem solving and sharing. The book includes a glossary of Spanish words.'
Praise for A Pirate's Night Before Christmas
and#8220;Perfect fun, a treasure in every way.and#8221; and#8212;Children's Literature and#160;and#8220;This is a belly laugh of a book for young buccaneers.and#8221; and#8212;Associated Pressand#8220;The robust verse sails along with gusto . . . and#8221; and#8212;The Horn Book Magazineand#8220;[A] pitch-perfect parody . . . the expertly rhymed text is packed full of pirate jargon . . . that beg[s] to be read aloud in rousing fashion.and#8221; and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
Praise for RUFUS GOES TO SCHOOL:
and#8220;. . . this is a pure porcine pleasure.and#8221; and#8212;Booklist
"A warm, gently humorous story . . . " and#8212;Publishers Weekly
"...so charming it could be enjoyed at any time of year . . . Griswell's storytelling has just the right amount of repetition and predictability, like a catchy song . . . And Gorbachev's pen, ink and watercolor pictures are timelessly appealing . . . Though this Ukrainian-born illustrator's style is his own, it brings to mind Garth Williams, David McPhail and Maurice Sendak." and#8212;New York Times
"With lively illustrations and a determined, endearing protagonist, this is a perfect pick for back-to-school programs. Children will love this intrepid pink hero.and#8221; and#8212;School Library Journal
Praise for RUFUS GOES TO SCHOOL:
andldquo;. . . this is a pure porcine pleasure.andrdquo; andmdash;Booklist
andquot;...so charming it could be enjoyed at any time of year . . . Griswelland#39;s storytelling has just the right amount of repetitionand#160; . . .and#160; And Gorbachevand#39;s pen, ink and watercolor pictures are timelessly appealing . . . it brings to mind Garth Williams, David McPhail and Maurice Sendak.andquot; andmdash;New York Times online
Praise for A Pirateand#39;s Night Before Christmas
andldquo;The crew from A Pirateand#39;s Night Before Christmas sails through another Christmas-tide romp . . . Serraand#39;s digitally colored pen-and-ink compositions are filled with swashbuckling action and create a rollicking holiday mood.andrdquo; andmdash;Publishers Weekly
andldquo;. . . this pirate crew is having such a grand time youand#39;ll get into the swashbuckling spirit in no time. Back for their second holiday high-seas adventure . . .and#160; the Black Sark buccaneers plan twelve days of Yuletide surprises for their cabin boy. The pirate lingo and raucously detailed color-rich illustrations add seafaring flair to this holiday standard.andrdquo; andmdash;The Horn Book Magazine
andldquo;The spirited sequel to Rufus Goes to School
(2013) shows just how far a piglet with persistence can go. School is out for the summer, and Rufus Leroy Williams III is at loose ends until his favorite book, The Pirates, gives him a solution: he will join a pirate crew! The Ahab-like Captain Wibblyshins has a clutch of reasons pigs canandrsquo;t be pirates (they play on the poop deck and scribble on the treasure maps), but Rufus keeps coming back with new gearandmdash;an eye patch, a pirate hat, a potato peelerandmdash;to show his pirate potential. When the captain finally learns that Rufus can read the treasure map that he has been puzzling over, Rufus becomes andldquo;a readinandrsquo; pirateandrdquo; and leads the crew to buried treasure. The watercolor-and-ink illustrations wonderfully convey this whimsical world and are filled with comic details. A tale of perseverance, and a marvelous paean to the joy and power of reading.andrdquo; andmdash;Booklist
andldquo;The adorable pig from Rufus Goes to School (2013, Sterling) is back. Itandrsquo;s summer vacation, and Rufus wants nothing more than to be a pirate over the break. Unfortunately, much like the principal at Rufusandrsquo;s school, the pirate captain must be taught to overlook preconceived notions of what having a pig in his midst entails. After being denied cleaning and cooking positions, Rufus hits on what the pirate ship truly needs: a literate pirate. What a coincidence! The little pig with a pirate book in his backpack is a perfect fit. Rufus helps the pirates read their treasure map, teaches them their letters, and helps them enjoy their ultimate treasure: a chest of books. The story and artwork are wonderfully matched. The writing is simple and repetitive enough to appeal to the preschool crowd while still including pirate speak and pirate terms for lower elementary readers. The ink and watercolor illustrations are warm and friendly (no scary pirates here) yet also include some clever prediction-making clues. VERDICT A good choice for reading with groups or for one-on-one sharing.andrdquo; andmdash;School Library Journal
Young mateys will find plenty of holiday joy in this humorous, colorful, and thoroughly piratical version of the beloved Clement C. Moore classic. On this ship of mischievous brigandsand#8212;who have visions of treasure chests, not sugarplums, dancing in their headsand#8212;you wouldnand#8217;t expect a visit from nice St. Nick. Instead, here comes Sir Peggedy, with his peg leg and hook arm, cracking his whip and driving eight giant seahorses: Salty, Scurvy, Sinbad, Mollie, Cutthroat, Cross-Eyes, Roger, and Jolly.
Philip Yatesand#8217; rollicking rhymes and Sebastiand#224; Serraand#8217;s sprightly, fun-filled picturesand#8212;featuring whimsically multicolored seahorses, stockings hung on the shipand#8217;s bowsprit with tar, child-friendly pirates, and a complete treasure mapand#8212;turn this Christmas perennial into a jubilant celebration!
This creative retelling of Clement Moore's classic Christmas poem is presented from the point of view of a young boy on a pirate ship and details the arrival of Sir Peggedy aboard the "Black Shark." Full color.
Come aboard, young mateys, for a piratical retelling of "The Night Before Christmas!" On a ship of mischievous brigandsand#8211;who have visions of treasure, not sugarplums, dancing in their headsand#8212;you won't expect a visit from jolly St. Nick. But can tough buccaneers catch the holiday spirit, too? Philip Yates's rollicking rhymes and Sebastiand#225; Serra's sprightly pictures turn Moore's Christmas perennial into a jubilant celebration.
'Twas the night before Christmas aboard the Black Sark,
Not a creature was stirrin', not even a shark!
Come aboard, young mateys, for a humorous, colorful, and thoroughly piratical retelling of "The Night Before Christmas!" On a ship of mischievous brigandsand#8212;who have visions of treasure chests, not sugar plums, dancing in their headsand#8212;you wouldn't expect a visit from jolly St. Nick. Instead, here comes Sir Peggedy, with his peg leg and hook arm, cracking his whip and driving eight giant seahorses: Salty, Scurvy, Sinbad, Mollie, Cutthroat, Cross-Eyes, Roger, and Jolly. But even buccaneers can catch the holiday spirit and#8230;and#160;Philip Yates's rollicking rhymes and Sebastiand#225; Serra's sprightly, fun-filled pictures turn Clement C. Moore's Christmas perennial into a jubilant celebration.and#160;
Ahoyand#8212;Pirate Pig on board! What does a book-loving pig like Rufus do when school's out for summer? He finds inspiration in his favorite stories, of course! Soon he's dreaming of the pirate life, with days full of adventure and nights under blankets of stars. But Captain Wibblyshins says NO PIGS ON PIRATE SHIPS! Can Rufus convince the Captain that he's no landlubber swine? And could his ticket to piratehood be . . . reading?
Ahoy mateysandmdash;Christmas is coming, and even pirates celebrate! In this sly, buccaneer reimagining of andldquo;The Twelve Days of Christmas,andquot; a brave cabin boy receives marvelously mysterious gifts for each of the 12 days he guards the pirate ship. But who are they from? With a lively sense of fun and rhythm, Philip Yates and Sebastiandagrave; Serra create a delightful world all their own.
On the first day of Christmas, a gift was sent to me: a parrot in a palm tree! Ahoy mateys
andmdash;Christmas is coming, and even pirates celebrate the holiday! This follow-up to the hugely popular A Pirateand#39;s Night Before Christmas
offers a witty reimagining of andldquo;The Twelve Days of Christmasandrdquo;andmdash;with a sly buccaneer twist. A brave cabin boy receives marvelously mysterious gifts for each of the 12 days he is left alone to guard the pirate ship: 12 cannons blastinand#39;, 9 mermaids singinand#39;, 6 Jolly Rogers, and so onandmdash;but who are they from? With impeccable rhythm and a lively sense of fun, Philip Yates and Sebastiandagrave; Serra create a delightful world all their own.
Now in a deluxe paperback with flaps!
About the Author
Philip Yates lives in Austin, TX, and works in the Austin Public Library system. A Pirate's Night Before Christmas was his first picture book. It was so successful he created a sequel, A Pirate's Twelve Days of Christmas, which received praise from the Horn Book (and#8220;The pirate lingo and raucously detailed color-rich illustrations add seafaring flair to this holiday standardand#8221;) and Kirkus Reviews (and#8220;Avast, me hearties! Here be another bonny piratical parody ready for the readin' to the young'uns at the Christmas season.and#8221;)and#160;Sebastiand#225; Serra hails from Barcelona, Spain, where he studied Fine Arts at the Universitat de Barcelona. He is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in magazines and on television. He has illustrated a number of picture books in Spain and in the US (including A Pirate's Twelve Days of Christmas by Philip Yates). His work has also been displayed in exhibitions all over the world, spanning countries such as the US, Italy, Japan, China, and Korea.