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How I Became a Pirate
 : How I Became a Pirate

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by: Melinda Long


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Binding: Hardcover
Brand: Harcourt
EAN: 9780152018481
Edition: 1
ISBN: 0152018484
Item Dimensions: 11008509438
Label: Harcourt, Inc.
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Harcourt, Inc.
Manufacturer Maximum Age: 1188 months
Manufacturer Minimum Age: 1 months
MPN: 9780152018481
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 44
Publication Date: September 01, 2003
Publisher: Harcourt, Inc.
Release Date: September 01, 2003
Studio: Harcourt, Inc.

Features:
  • An hilarious look at the finer points of pirate life. Shiver me timbers!
  • Braid Beard's pirate crew invites Jeremy Jacob to join their voyage.
  • Soon Jeremy Jacob knows all about being a pirate.
  • But then Jeremy Jacob finds out what pirates don't do....
  • It's the heave-ho, blow-the-man-down, very best time of his life.



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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
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.


Amazon.com Review:
Young Jeremy Jacob is plucked from obscurity while innocently constructing a sand castle and is thrust into a brand-new life as a pirate. Captain Braid Beard and his crew recognize Jeremy as an exceptionally talented digger and they happen to be in desperate need of a digger to help them bury a treasure chest. Jeremy thinks a pirate life sounds like fun, as long as he’s back the next day in time for soccer practice, and so he goes along with the ragtag group of seafaring thugs (with hearts of gold, naturally). And while Jeremy adores the pirates’ lack of table manners and opposition to vegetables, he comes to realize that a life away from his parents lacks some of the niceties to which he’s become accustomed. Nobody tucks him in at night, for instance, and the only book available to read is a treasure map. Melinda Long’s story, narrated with a sense of boastful exaggeration by Jeremy, is full of a sense of high adventure that's lovingly evocative of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tales. David Shannon's illustrations, full of a goofy vibrancy, are a perfect accompaniment to the story. (Ages 4 to 8) --John Moe



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