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How to Be a Pirate
How to Be a Pirate
by Sue Fliess
illustrated by Nikki Dyson
an imprint of
Random House Children's Books
ISBN-10: 0449813096
ISBN-13: 978-0449813096


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A cheery captain and his rascally parrot invite youngsters on board their ship and teach them how to dress the part, complete with eye patch and hook.    Soon kids and scallywags alike are checking the map and digging for treasure. Nikki Dyson’s bright, expressive illustrations complement perfectly the book’s bouncy rhythm and boisterous rhymes. This be an arrr-some read-aloud for Halloween – and any time ye and yer little mateys wish to holler “blimey” and “yo-ho-ho.” —


"How to Be a Pirate provides everything an aspiring pirate needs to know. This is a great book for little ones who have discovered the fun of pretending to be a pirate. Pirate vocabulary, like scallywags, matey and yo-ho-ho are peppered throughout the text, giving little ones some tools in their make-believe tool box, and making it hard for parents to not read aloud in their best pirate voice. The story will be a popular bedtime favorite that will have children asking you to read it over and over." Read full review

San Francisco Review of Books


Ahoy, landlubber! Come with me.
Board me ship upon the sea!
Not a pirate? Don't know how?
Ye can learn to be one now!

Little landlubbers get to earn their sea legs on a pirate ship amidst the goofiest pirates ever. There's lingo to learn (Gangway! Blimey! Yo-ho-ho!), a pirate look to choose (Pick a parrot for your arm. Every pirate's lucky charm!), and most importantly, pirate rules to learn (No more toothpaste! Farewell, bath! Once ye choose the pirate path!).This rollicking read-aloud will be a hit among boys, girls, and parents alike!

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