How I Became a Pirate
How I Became a Pirate

 
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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

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.

Customer Reviews:

  • Cool Adventure for Pre-Schoolers
    My [...] absolutely loves reading this book with her dad every night! My daughter loves learning pirate language and the idea of burying treasure in the back yard. She also wants to brush her teeth because she doesn't want to have green teeth like the pirates. Great book to read together!! I highly recommend it to pre-schoolers!...more info
  • I like her other pirate book better
    I purchased both of her Pirate books (David Shannon illustrator). My 3 1/2 year old and I like her other one a little better. Probably because we are both Vegetarians and this book talks about how the pirates only eat meat and don't know what vegetables are. Most little boys want to be pirates, so I don't know if parents would appreciate a book confirming the fact that pirates DON"T eat their vegies!...more info
  • How I Became A Pirate
    Wonderful illustrations and a cute story with a message for children. Cleverly written in a way that prompts little would-be pirates to chime in!...more info
  • Great illustrations. Story a bit thin.
    I got this book for my almost 4 year old daughter because she loves pirates, the book gets great reviews, and the cover illustration is great. The illustrations lived up to my high expectations: they are wonderful and are the best part of the book. Unfortunately, there is not much meat to this story. It is over almost before it begins, and not much happens. My daughter liked it because it was new but after only two days doesn't even ask for it anymore. Pretty disappointing. For kids in this age range (it's rated as ages 4-8) who love to settle in with a story and love pirates, I'd recommend Magic Treehouse Pirates Past Noon. However, if your kid is more of an energizer-bunny and is looking for short stories to fuel imaginative play, maybe this book will work well. ...more info
  • No David's Pirate Boy
    This book illustarted by David Shannon is a lot of fun with his trademark art. A fun book...more info
  • Ahoy! Beware of Grand Adventure Ahead!
    This fun-filled, adventure fantasy about pirate life is perfect for any imaginative child. It was even selected by child judges as the winner of the 2003 Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature. Set in contemporary times, the adventure begins when five or six-year-old Jeremy Jacobs runs off with 18th century pirates who have landed on the beach. Jeremy's delight in his adventures with Captain Braid Beard and his bedraggled crew of ruffians is obvious from the colorful, humorous, cartoon style illustrations. (They are similar to those in Shannon's own No David! book and its sequels). Brimming with amusing situations and characters, the illustrations match the tone and content of Long's story perfectly. A great example is the cover where Jeremy sits gleefully on the Captain's shoulders with a pirate scarf atop his head and the Captain's parrot on his own shoulder. A lesson that "the grass isn't always greener on the other side" is provided when Jeremy begins to realize the things he misses aboard the pirate ship (i.e., being read a bedtime story and then tucked in). Highly recommended for ages 4 to 8.

    I just HAD to get this book for my niece - a Peter Pan lover - for her 7th Birthday and now I'm somewhat sad that I'll no longer have it around! Perhaps I'll have to buy another for myself!

    Another great, amusing pirate adventure is "Roger, the Jolly Pirate" (2004), by Brett Helquist (ISBN 0066238064). ...more info
  • How I Became a Pirate
    We borrowed this book from the library and my daughter loves it so much we get it over and over again. We bought it for her friend's pirate birthday, and his mom said they have to read it every night! Funny story and great illustrations....more info
  • You can't find better---AARRGGHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!
    This book completely satisfies my crew of young pirates-- ages 2, 4, 6, and 9. We love the bold illustrations, the "pirate-ese" and the soccer twist. ARGGGHHHH--- you can't find better!

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  • Arrrggh
    I always wanted to be a pirate, and if your kid wants to be, they will love this book.

    Author of "Hobo Finds A Home"...more info
  • Perfect gift for pirate lovers!
    My son just received this for his 3rd birthday. We had a pirate theme party, so this was a perfect gift. He requests this book EVERY day (sometimes even twice on the same day). It's a super cute story with wonderfully charming pictures to go with it. I really don't mind reading this over and over------neither does my husband. It has some great messages in the story that are very subtle. Now I want to get the sequel---Pirates Don't Change Diapers....more info
  • Good Stuff, Good Stuff
    I read this book to my English Language Learner first graders and got rave reviews. The illustrations (by David Shannon of "No, David" fame... another winner) are dynamic and eye-catching, and the text is at once both comprehensible and exciting.

    Children are able to both experience the fun and joy of pirate life and in the end recognize the reasons why perhaps villain-of-the-sea life is not one that they should choose. Some potential extension ideas:

    1. Recognize dialogue/use quotation marks... it's somehow more fun if you get to write and say AARRRRR every time to write a quote, correctly, using quotation marks.
    2. Visual organizer... T-diagram: Things that would be fun about being a pirate vs things that would be bad about being a pirate.
    3. Nautical vocabulary

    It's also just plain fun!...more info
  • A Great Book for Scurvy Dog Pirates
    "Pirates have green teeth -- when they have any teeth at all..." With this first line my 3-year-old son's eyes got huge and he fell in love with this book -- and pirates. It continues to be a favorite. It is a cute story with excellent illustrations. My son loves to yell out: "Scurvy Dog", "Shiver me timbers" and "NO TUCKING" right along as we read the book. It has been the inspiration for much imaginative play. A fun book that I definitely recommend to pirates of all ages!...more info
  • How I Became a Pirate
    This is a wonderful book. I bought it for my daughter, who is a first grade teacher, to read to her class. They all enjoyed the book very much, in fact several of the children have this book at home they told her. The illustrations are terrific and the story is just perfect for little kids. If you have little chldren they would love this story, or try buying it for your child's classroom, the teachers can always use another good book for the classroom!...more info
  • Great illustrations and totally entertaining story
    I bought this for my 3 1/2 year old grandson and he loved it. Whenever Grammy comes to visit I try to have scoured Amazon.com for what look like the best children's books and as he had loved David Shannon's books I bought this one as I knew the illustrations would be colorful. It is a fun story but the best part, it lends itself so well to playing imaginatively. Immediately after reading it, we went outside and I played cartographer helping my grandson draw our own treasure map with instructions how to get to the tree in his backyard where we buried a seashell. He was so excited to show his Mommy and his baby brother how well the map worked and where our treasure was buried. Great little story and we read it several times over the next few days...always noticing something else in the pictures we hadn't seen before and then making up our own stories about what we saw. So I bought "Pirates Don't Change Diapers" also and pirate tattoos to continue the saga. Lots of scope for the imagination here!...more info
  • Henry's Grandma
    Wonderful book! Beautifully illustrated, fun story, not scary for a young child. My 4 yr old loved it!...more info
  • Best Pirate Book of All
    How I Became a Pirate

    This is the BEST children's book about pirates ever written? If you are thinking about a book for a young child (my son is 7 and absolutely loves it) look no further. This is our VERY favorite!...more info
  • Great Story!!
    We found this book to be enjoyed by the whole family. The story is full of adventure and sweetness. The illustrations keep my two year old interested time after time. This is a great book for any child or adult that loves to read....more info
  • Great Story and Illustrations
    This book was a lot of fun for my son and I to read. Great illustrations and it encommpassed his interest in pirates too. I definately recommend the book. ...more info
  • Ahoy, Buy this book for your little or big Pirate
    I bought this book for my son and he adored it. His 8th birthday was a pirate party and as a wind down for the children being picked up I read this to them and they all loved it. The illustrations were as wondeful as the story was. Gives a great incite to using your imagination but also knowing that home is where the heart is. ...more info
  • Excellent!
    As a teacher and now a mom, I would highly recomend this book. The illustrations are beautiful and rich with detail and color. The story line will delight the imagination of many readers, especially those who love pirates....more info
  • must have!
    This book is a must have in your collection of childerens books! Of course the illustrations by David Shannon are amazing. Illustrations that are colorful and creative but beautiful for adults to enjoy also. The story, even though about pirates is wonderful for any gender or age range. The story is funny but also gives the reality of what would happen if you lived with pirates, and how much you would miss the little things your parents do for you. One of my two daughters, 4&5, and my favorite books. I give this book out as a gift as often as possible!...more info
  • A winner!
    "How I became a Pirate" is one of those great kids' books that appeals to a much wider range of ages than the publisher suggests. His parents distracted by grown-up chores, Jeremy takes off with a band of pirates on a fantastic journey that in "real time" lasts less than a day. Along the way we learn pirates don't brush their teeth or eat vegetables--cool! But they also don't pay attention to the soothing bedtime rituals that this book will quickly become part of in your own home. Jeremy thinks better of his new career and goes home, along the way making sure the pirates return some day. The illustrations in this book are fantastic, with loads of little details and jokes that make it fresh each time--which is a good thing because your kids will demand multiple re-readings. It's well-worth investing in this one!...more info
  • How I Became a Pirate
    Wonderful for little boys who have changed their loyalty from Thomas the Tank Engine to PIRATES! Good story. The little boy has an advernture out to sea with a group of scurvy pirates. At first he loves the adventure but wishes to be home at bed time. A storm causes a change in directions and he does come home. All is in good taste. The illustrations are great. "Pirates Don't Change Diapers" is next in the series and Great too!...more info
  • Arggh!! Pirates Don't Tuck!!
    This is a very entertaining book (not just for my 3 1/2 year old but for parents too), with great illustrations and plenty of opportunity for "funny" voices when reading it out loud. Highly recommend for reading together. ...more info
  • Captivating for wannabe pirates
    My 4 year old simply loved this book. The illustrations were great - not too busy like some of the newer books, but intricate. The story was absorbing and enjoyable for both me and my son, even on the 25th read in as many days! (o.k., I did start to glaze over a bit after the second week.)...more info
  • Fabulous book for kids and their parents!
    Once in a while, a great children's book comes along that gives you the parents as much joy in reading it as the kids get in hearing it. This is that kind of book! The artwork is incredible, and the story darling, completely couching the "moral" in good, clean hilarity. May your children give you plenty of "pirate kisses" after buying them this book.

    I saw the cover of this book and had to bring it home. My children are getting to old for these books, but their Mama isn't! ...more info
  • A pirate's life for Jeremy?
    David Shannon is one of my favorite illustrators of children's books. His A Bad Case of Stripes has been a long time favorite.

    In "How I Became a Pirate" he lends his delightful, witty illustration style to a fun story of pirates and a little boy named Jeremy Jacob. The sequel to "How I Became a Pirate" is Pirates Don't Change Diapers. I picked these books up when I ordered The Bugville Critters Go to School (Buster Bee's Adventures Series #2, The Bugville Critters), which is the sequel to the just released The Bugville Critters Visit Dad and Mom at Work (Buster Bee's Adventures Series #1, The Bugville Critters).

    "How I Became a Pirate" and "Pirates Don't Change Diapoers" are a fun idea for toldlers. Older boys (and perhaps some older girls as well) ages 6 to 7 are sure to understand the plucky pirate references. Younger children, however, may not truly understand the antics unless they've seen a few Disney pirate movies.

    In this story, young Jeremy is at the beach building a sandcastle when a pirate ship docks near the ocean shore. No one else but Jeremy seems to notice the ship. When Captain Braid Beard and his crew see Jeremy's sandcastle building skills they are impressed with his digging skills. They have a treasure to bury after all and Jeremy's the right one to help them so off he goes to join the pirate's life.

    There's a lot of pirate terms "Aargh!" and "landlubbers" and the like. Lots of mischevious behavior like talking with your mouth full and pillow fights. Jeremy finds that he doesn't particularly like the pirate life. There no getting tucked in, no bedtime story, and no goodnight kiss. After deciding that maybe he doesn't want to be a pirate after all, Jeremy finds the perfect place for the pirates to bury their treasure.

    The kids thought this book was fun, and this is one of those books that adults can appreciate too - a good thing as you'll be reading this one over and over again. A great book, especially for anyone who has a toddler in the family....more info
  • A Swashbuckling Pirate Tale Elisa Macias
    This Pirate tale is about a boy named Jeremmy Jacob he it all started when he was at the beach maken sand castles then A PIRATE SHIP GOES ON THE BEACH. ARGH my name is Braid Beard he told him, and we've been needen a digger like yourself. Does Jeremmy Jacob become a Pirate you'll have to read the book on your own to find out...more info
  • Aye Matey! This book finally got my son to want to read a book!
    I love pirate talk and this book has a lot of it. But it's the perfect kind of pirate talk for young children. They don't talk about drinking rum, fighting bandits or stealing from other ships ... it talks about pillow fights, staying up late and burying treasure!

    Sweet, little Jeremy Jacob spies a pirate ship while making a sand castle and goes on board to help them find a place to bury their treasure (arrrgh matey). He soon learns that the life of a pirate is the life to lead! You don't have to eat your veggies, no manners to be had and you get to stay up really late! But then he learns the down side to being a pirate and that is not being able to play soccer and being away from his family - especially at night when he's trying to find a place to sleep.

    This is a very cute book and it's very well-done. The illustrations are really great and sparked other conversations. I wished that I would have had this book when I was younger. My siblings and I would have LOVED this!! But instead my children do and that's just as great.
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  • Now Everyone Wants to be a Pirate!
    I have to admit that despite my inability to do a great "Pirate" impression, my son really gets into this book. At three, almost four years old, he can almost read along to it!

    It could be the pictures, the appeal to young boys, or the simple yet great writing... either way, it is a huge hit in our house. And the best part is, I enjoy reading it to him!

    If I had three thumbs, it would be three thumbs up! AARGH!...more info
  • My daughter, the pirate
    Vibrant pictures, plenty of opportunity to attempt the personage of a pirate, and touches on things near and dear to my daughter's heart: stories at bed time, table manners (not so much), soccer and brushing your teeth. She loves it so I love it, too....more info
  • A pirate's life for me!
    I laugh out loud every time I so much as look at this book! These are some amazing illustrations from David Shannon, and Ms. Long tells a riveting story about a normal soccer-playing boy who up and joins a pirate crew in the most nonchalant manner imaginable. It is funny and wonderfully stereotyping of pirates (not that Disney didn't do enough) while still showing the downsides a young boy who still needs his mom might find. It is hilarious and innocent fun. ...more info
  • awesome
    Made an awesome gift for a four year old boy. My daughter even loved it when we recieved it in the mail and reviewed it. Very cute :)...more info
  • A Family Favorite
    I don't noramlly buy children's books. But after checking this one out from the library, then missing it when it was returned, I bought it for my four-year-old son. Not only does he love it, but his two-year old sister loves it (and so do Mom and Dad!). The Pirates aren't scary, the pictures are great, and it's so fun to read! My kids love to shout along with the pirate crew. They look for the scraggly cat (he's only on the boat) and the parrot. They want me to read it every night, and I gladly do. We are perfecting our pirate voices. This book is a treasure -- but I wouldn't dare bury it in my back yard!...more info
  • Great read aloud book for the kid in everyone
    My two children adore this book. Melinda Long's writing is superb and really lends itself to being read aloud with character voices but can be read straight for those who do not choose to use theatrics.

    David Shannon's illustrations are perfect for this pirate tale. My children love the illustrations where people are upside down on the page and always ask me to "flip it over mom" when we get to those pages. We spend a lot of time on each page since Shannon's illustrations are so heavy with great detail without overpowering this book.

    I recommend this highly. My children are 2 and 4 but our 9 year old neighbor also enjoyed this story and has read it a few times when she's been visiting. It will appeal to the pirate fantasies in us all....more info
  • My 20 month old son's favorite book
    This has been my son's favorite book since he was 18 months old. The pictures are vivid and engaging, and the story is just the right length to keep him interested. I hope these two continue to write books together....more info
  • Will Be a Classic!
    This is my son's favorite book. He's 2 1/2 but I think that older children would enjoy it too. Reading about Jeremy Jacob is a nightly ritual for us. Given a choice of books to read, my son always picks this one. The story is very cute and the illustrations are wonderful. Highly recommend!...more info
  • Great book for kids
    My son is 5 and loves this book. I highly recommend it....more info
  • My boys love this book!
    This is a darling book about pirates, non-violent so it is Mom friendly. Fantastic pictures. ...more info
  • A piece of Art in more ways then one....
    I bought this for my 4 yr old daughter who has a kinda "thing" for pirates. She and I were so pleased. The illustrations are captivating - especially the two page spread where he says "Thats how I became a Pirate", his arms flung out as he shouts to the world at the front of the boat. Whimsy, fantasy, the culmination of any child's dream.....I saw represented on this page.....As an adult I just found the illustrations excellent and downright funny at times...

    My daughter loved it and so do I!
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  • Fantastic!
    This book has a wonderful story and beautiful pictures to go with it. This is a fun book for people of all ages. ...more info
  • Wonderful picture book with a cute story
    It takes me a long time to find good picture books for my kids. This is a great one, especially if your kids are into pirates. Beautiful pictures and a cute story....more info
  • How I Became a Pirate
    I work as a voluntary reader for four 2nd grade classes. At Christmas I give each class a book as a present and try to get something different for them. In 2006, I got them this book.

    The kids loved it. It's short enough that they don't get bored, easy to read - and the illustrations are great. The subject matter has a few good lessons in it for the kids - though it is NOT preachy.

    My compliments to the authors and illustrator....more info
  • shiver me timbers, a grait book
    This book is about a kid named Jeremy Jacob and a pirate named Braid Beard. I like all the pictures because they are really funny and cool that's why I like the book. I think everybody should read this book because this is a great book to read....more info
  • How I Became a Pirate Kimberly Daniel , age 10
    This is a wonderful book. This about a little boy that was building a castle when he saw a boat.Jeremy Jacobs became a pirate that day.Jeremy Jacob went with the pirates. When they were eating, they talked with their mouth full. They could sleep any time they wanted.They didn't have to brush their
    teeth unless they wanted.They could wear pajamas if they wanted or they could sleep their clothes. This is a great book for all ages. It was exciting, funny, and just plain fantastic. You must read this book!!!!...more info
  • Great Pirate Book
    My boys have two books from this collection and LOVE them both! Great photos and funny story....more info
  • A Great Reading Adventure!
    How I Became a Pirate
    My 4 yr. old son and I stumbled upon this book at the library. We checked it out and soon discovered the book was a wonderful treasure. We had to buy a copy to add to our home library.

    David Shannon's vibrant, humurous illustrations add a magical touch to this story. Parents and children alike will love reading this imaginative, humurous story again and again.

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  • And it is it is a glorious thing to be a pirate king.
    While kids have always loved pirates and the piratical life (Peter Pan, anyone?), the current pirate craze sweeping the nation is somewhat amazing. Suddenly there are pirate Saturday morning tv shows, an official Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19), pirate movies making a mil, and pirate picture books. The breathtaking success of Melinda Long's, "How I Became a Pirate" is a little odd, but it couldn't have happened to a nicer story. Full of all the classic words and actions pirates partake of (with the possible exception of walking the plank) the book's a good hearted take on one boy's dream to be a scurvy dog.

    Jeremy Jacob is the only person on the beach that notices when a pirate ship docks near the ocean shore. Jeremy, up until this moment, has been building a sand castle, yet the sight of the ship doesn't seem to get anyone's attention but his own. When Captain Braid Beard and his crew of seven see Jeremy's sand castle skills they are instantly impressed. They've a treasure to bury after all and Jeremy's just the lad to help them. Off he goes to join the pirate's life! There's a lot of "Aargh!"s and "landlubbers" to learn. Lots of talking with your mouth full, on board soccer (Jeremy teaches them how to play), and pillow fights. Unfortunately, Jeremy also learns that sweet comforts like getting tucked in ("No tucking!", the crew cried) getting a bedtime story, and receiving a goodnight kiss are lacking on this ship. After deciding that maybe he doesn't want to be a pirate after all, Jeremy finds the perfect place for his friendly crew to hide the booty. In the end, the pirates sail away happy and Jeremy goes back to his soccer practice.

    A caveat: I'd like to be honest with you and state for the record that any picture book containing the sentence, "We must have taken a wrong turn at Bora Bora", instantly has my love. The story is full of fabulous pirate-inspired sentences like that one (though I suspect that particular line has been foisted from a Bugs Bunny cartoon). The pirates for their own part are happy go lucky fellows, ready to welcome their newest crewmate on board, no questions asked. There's never a scary moment on this particular ship, though the pirates deal with a sudden storm with some relative panic. David Shannon is the illustrator of this particular outing and as such he's great. Jeremy Jacob is your typical soccer playing tyke. The pirates themselves are the real stars of this show, however. With their terribly rotted teeth and scarred cheeks they might be scary if they weren't so darn appealing. Kids will enjoy watching the pirate with the patches over both eyes as he lifts first one and then another to see his fellows. Shannon places infinite little details and touches throughout his work as well. The shipboard cat is forever attempting to devour the captain's parrot. The largest and meanest pirate is seen patiently buttoning up his pajamas as Jeremy and the captain engage in a pillow fight. All in all, the illustrations in this story fit Long's writing perfectly. You couldn't ask for a better pairing of author and illustrator together.

    I think kids everywhere have already figured out what grown-ups are only now discovering. Pirates are eternally amusing. This book just taps into the already existing piratical love sweeping the nation. Had this book been lucky enough to win a Caldecott award, I wouldn't have batted an eye. It's a wonderfully rousing tale. A feel good pirate piece, if you will. And a perfect addition to any up and coming young pirate's library. Fun for the whole fam.
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  • VERY WELL WRITTEN
    This book is wonderfull! Not only did David Shannon win us over again with his illustrations, but the writing is excellent. Melinda Long can't write another soon enough for my family!...more info
  • great fun
    Jeremy, probably feeling a little neglected on the beach, goes off with a band of pirates. He feels his parents won't mind as as long as he is back in time for soccer practice the next day. Initially, he finds this adventure to be exciting, liberating and great fun. Soon he realizes a pirate's life is not exactly ideal. There's no tucking in, no books, and no goodnight kisses! Of course, a storm must swoop down on the ship and the treasure is in peril. Jeremy has the ideal solution, which you'll love. This is a truly fun book for children ages 4-9. My students really enjoy this as a read aloud and then being able to revisit it on their own.
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  • Wonderful Illustrations and very funny
    My 3 and almost 5 year old daughters love this book and I love reading it to them. The illustrations are so well done, funny, colorful and imaginative. The humor is the kind that children love and parents can enjoy as well. I always appreciate a book that I don't mind reading repeatedly and this is one of them!...more info
  • Outstanding
    I love this book. My daughter and I have a great time acting out the pages in the book. Great, great story!!...more info
  • arrrrggghh
    This was a lot of fun reading. My son loved it. Artistry is well done and a fun story....more info
  • Away My Hearties to a great read
    This is a great adventure book for younger kids. Our family has really enjoyed all the Pirate books and look forward to more....more info
  • Mother of a future pirate
    This is a great book for any little boy or girl who loves pirates. My son, who just turned 4, loves this book so much he walks around all day just holding it and looking at the pictures (he has it memorized). It actually made him want to play soccer. It is a great book....more info

 

 
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