Friday, April 16, 2010

Scooter and Chewy Read - Pirates

Ahoy thar, matey! We be talking about pirate books today.

Pirates….I don’t know where to go with it. I’ve nixed and vetoed a few pirate books in our house. Even some of the ones we read, I substitute words. But I do that in other books too. So I won’t go making pirate books walk the plank. We’ll dig right in and read a few.  Storybook pirates can be...well....entertaining.

Here’s some of our current treasures:

“How I Became A Pirate” and “Pirates Don’t Change Diapers” by Melinda Long and illustrated by David Shannon.

We got “How I Became A Pirate” as a gift from Aunt Teacher. All our Scooter and Chewy Read posts seem to contain a book or two from her. What can I say? She’s a first grade teacher with awesome taste in books. We love this book! The whole family does. “No tucking” has become quite the saying around here. If you haven’t read the book you’ll have to read it to find out what I’m talking about. Plus we may be a little biased because our dear Scooter resembles the little boy in the books, especially since he had pajamas that are identical to the main character’s outfit. Since we loved the book so much, we had to get “Pirates Don’t Change Diapers” from the library. That book doesn’t disappoint either. I love the illustrations by David Shannon. The facial expressions of the characters are amazing and entertaining. I also wanted to framed some of these to put up in Scooter’s room at one point! These are our most favorite pirate books! At least my favorite! Chewy loves the one “with the baby.”

“Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs” and “Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs – Missing Treasure” by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto

Oh…pirates and dinosaurs. What a combination! I think Scooter mostly likes these books because of the dinosaurs. (You can check out our dinosaur reads here). These are fairly entertaining books, but these are the ones I have to change some words on. When there’s some name calling I end up saying things like, “silly old dinosaurs” or “naughty dinosaurs” instead of what is written. These are fanciful books with an imaginative storyline and illustrations. The author even gives you a pronunciation guide for Gigantosaurus. In case you were wondering it’s Gee-GA-no-to-SOR-us, but Scooter could have told you that. He corrects my dinosaur pronunciations a lot.

“I Love My Pirate Papa” by Laura Leuck and illustrated by Kyle M. Stone

Imagine a pirate with a kid and you’ll get this book. It’s full of the typical storybook pirate behavior, but is sweet. I think my kids just like it because there is another kid in it. There’s rhyming text with complimentary illustrations.

“Sailor Boy Jig” by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Dan Andreasen

You probably recognize Margaret Wise Brown as the author of “Goodnight Moon.” This is another one of her books. It’s not really a pirate book, but we all enjoyed its sing-songy lyrical text so much…that I included it in this list. It’s a really harmless book. The illustrations are even adorable. I mean the sailor pup catches a fish and ends up keeping it for a pet instead of eating it. Just cute! It’s a short book with a lot of repeating words, so it will appeal to even the littlest readers.

Any other pirate books to share?  Feel free to comment and let us know, otherwise I'm not opposed to just a "Hi!"  Have a great weekend! 

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  1. Oh, they look like fun! Thanks for the reviews!

  2. Pirate books, how fun! I love David Shannon's illustrations. Like you said, his characters have great expressions. We'll have to look into these books.

    Thanks for stopping by today! I'll be back, for sure :)

  3. Our kids LOVED "How I Became a Pirate" when they were little! They loved the pictures and the dialogue. Great for the imagination of little boys. Looks like some great pirate books!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

  4. I change words too:)

    I would go to the library right now if it weren't midnight.

    Your enthusiasm always makes me smile.

  5. Olive's Pirate Party - I think that is what the book I remember is called!

  6. These look like some great pirate books! I'll have to check some out for Jenny soon! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Love all the pirate book recommendations! We're up to our ears here in fairies and princesses, so maybe I'll throw in a pirate or two for good measure. :)

  8. David Shannon is great!

    I noticed Sailor Boy Jig is illustrated by the same author of the book I wrote about (Treasure Bath). I'll have to check it out!


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