Ahoy there salty dogs!

Get ready to set sail for adventure on the high seas!


Pirate in a BoatCredit: Picture by AKARAKINGDOMS

Jonny Duddle wrote and illustrated The Pirate Cruncher, the story of Captain Purplebeard, his pirate crew and their greedy quest for treasure.  A fiddler tells Captain Purplebeard a story about vast amounts gold, silver, diamonds and rubies on an island.  The fiddler has a map to the island but warns that the treasure is guarded by a monster that likes to eat pirates and their ships for good measure.  Undaunted, the pirates take off right away for the riches, taking the fiddler and his map with them.

The Pirate Cruncher's story is lively, salted heavily with delicious pirate talk.  Duddle's illustrations compliment the rhyming text, creating funny characters, each with their own personality.  The drawings are richly detailed, giving children plenty of action on the page to examine while they listen to the story.  The Pirate Cruncher is the kind of book kids will read and notice something new in the illustrations during reading #15. 

There is an animated e-book version of the book for Pirate-Cruncher fans available in the iBookstore.  The Pirate Cruncher was published in 2009 by Templar Publishing and then published again in 2011 with an audio CD of the author, Jonny Duddle, reading the text who sounds like a real pirate and a lot of fun.

How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long is a story of a boy named Jeremy Jacobs who goes to the beach with his family.  While his parents are distracted Jeremy Jacobs joins a pirate crew who need a good digger.  He has a wonderful time examining treasure, learning how to speak pirate, and eating with his mouth full.  When the pirate ship runs into a thunderstorm and all seems lost, Jeremy Jacobs saves the day with a plan of his own.

Children enjoy the fantasy of joining a crew of pirates and the freedoms the experience might bring.  Long's text also touches on the little things like a story read and kiss goodnight that the main character misses from his family.  In the end, this adventure is a relatable adventure that come alive with David Shannon's funny illustrations.  This is a pirate story children will love to read over and over.

Written by Melinda Long and illustrated by David Shannon, How I Became a Pirate was published by Harcourt, Inc. in 2003.

Skull and Cross Bones(114990)Credit: by James Barker @ freedigitalphotos.net

I Love My Pirate Papa by Laura Leuck is the story of a boy, the son of a pirate captain.  The boy tells the story of what his life is like, living with his pirate father.  Reading treasure maps, flying the Jolly Roger, keeping gold coins in his boot and yelling "Avast!", all the pirate activities children want to read about.  The story ends on a touching note, the pirate captain tucking his son into bed at night.

The lilting text narrates the story smoothly.  Kyle M. Stone's illustrations are bold and arresting, complimenting the narrative.  I Love My Pirate Papa is good bedtime story, giving the reader all the pirate action and language they want and wrapping the story up with a sweet, sleepy ending.

Treasure Chest(115298)Credit: by digialart @ freedigialphotos.net

Illustrated by Kyle M. Stone and written by Laura Leuck, I Love My Pirate Papa was published by Harcourt Books in 2007.

Credits: Book covers taken from Amazon.com

Pirate in the Boat illustration by AKARAKINGDOMS  Taken on Oct. 7, 2012 from freedigitalphotos.net

Skull and Cross Bones photo by James Barker Taken on Oct. 7, 2012 from freedigitalphotos.net


Raise the Jolly Roger!

Skull and Cross Bones(114990)
Credit: by James Barker @ freedigitalphotos.net