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Gingerbread Pirates tells the story of a boy who loves pirates.  On Christmas Eve the boy makes gingerbread pirates with his mother and sets out a few cookies for Santa.  He falls asleep looking at his favorite cookie, the one-legged gingerbread pirate captain on his night table.  After the boy closes his eyes the pirate captain jumps off the table and begins searching for his crew.  He runs into trouble dealing with the stairs, the family cat and the cookie jar his crew was put into.  When Santa shows up his Christmas magic creates a happy ending for all the character.

Kristin Kladstup has written an original tale that creates a fresh perspective on the holiday.  The gingerbread captain shows heart and pluck going in search for his crew.  He valiantly attempts to rescue the other gingerbread pirates from the cookie jar when Santa comes in, ready to eat them.  Matt Tavares creates big, bold illustrations that capture the magic of the evening.  Kladstrup's Gingerbread Pirates narrates a story that leaves young readers wrapped up in the magic of the season, asking to hear the book again and again.

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Philip Yates wrote A Pirate's Night Before Christmas and the book is a fun pirate take on Clement C. Moore's "Twas The Night Before Christmas".  Children delight in the pirates on the Black Sark getting ready for Christmas Eve, hanging their stocking on the bow of the ship with tar and getting tucked into their hammocks, waiting for Sir Peggedy.  Yes, Saint Nick is replaced with Sir Pegged, Sir Peg for short, with a (you guessed it) peg leg and a hook arm.  Sir Peg is covered with seaweed and drives eight giant seahorses with pirate names like Salty, Cutthroat, Cross-Eye and Survy.   

The salty language is delicious for pirates of all ages and kids delight in Sebastia Serra's bold illustrations of multicolored seahorses and other wacky details.  The sly humor of the story continues as Sir Peg arrives and starts to hand out presents.  Every pirate has visions of treasure chests in their head, but Sir Peg has a few surprises.  Yates has included a glossary of pirate lingo at the end of the book, but most kids don't need it.  They are too busy inventing pirate names for everyone.  This charming book will satisfy the pickiest pirate fan and should become a holiday tradition.  Be forewarned: it is hard to stop talking pirate after reading this book.

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A Pirate's Twelve Nights of Christmas is another redone classic written by Philip Yates and illustrated by Sebastia Serra.  A Pirate's Twelve Nights of Christmas is about the pirate cabin boy from the Black Sark who has been left to guard the ship and swab the decks.  Upon waking up he finds the first gift, a parrot in a palm tree.  As the days pass he finds unexpected gifts from an unknown source following a familiar pattern.  The gifts include all kinds of pirate items: mermaids, black cats, cutlasses, chests of gold and dolphins.  On the twelfth day the crew of pirates return and admit that they supplied the gifts for the cabin boy.

Yate's vibrant humor continues through the book with Serra's colorful illustrations.  As the book ends the pirate crew falls asleep, but the cabin boy is in the crow's nest with his parrot.  The cabin boy spots Sir Peg flying through the sky, giving the readers a feeling of closure as the narration finishes.  A Pirate's Twelve Nights of Christmas is another holiday classic that will please swashbucklers of all ages.

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