Monday, September 19, 2011

5 books I'm reading to Mr 7 tonight to celebrate 'Talk Like a Pirate Day'

List by Tosca

"And don’t they wear the bulliest clothes! Oh no! All gold and silver and diamonds," said Joe, with enthusiasm."
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Shiver me timbers, it's Talk Like a Pirate Day! It was the first thing on my mind this morning and, thanks to a few picture books I've grabbed off the shelves, will probably be the last thing on my mind tonight. My nephew Kalani - or Mr 7 as I call him - loves pirates. Adores them in all their glory, even with (especially with?) their blackened teeth, questionable bathing habits and general grumpiness. So grab up your best stuffed parrot (?) and your sparkliest eyepatch as I give you...5 pirate books that little lads and lasses will enjoy!

More pirate-y goodness:
  • Where's the gold? / Pamela Allen - Three brave pirates and their noisy parrot are on the hunt for gold. As they clamber further and further along a dark tunnel they get more quiet and scared, until one big fright sees them all turning tail and fleeing to the safety of daylight. Do they find treasure though? Ages 3+
  • Louie the pirate chef / Simon Mitchell ; [illustrated by] Ben Wood - This is the funny, light-hearted story of Louie, who would rather be a chef than a pirate, much to the dismay of his seafaring parents. No one is very impressed with Louie, until they find themselves deserted on an island with plenty of treasure and no food. Ages 4+
  • Pugwash and the ghost ship : a pirate story / John Ryan - The famous Black Pig, home to Captain Pugwash and his crew is in desperate need of a spring clean. But what begins as a simple exercise in painting and decorating soon leads to a plot so dastardly that it looks as if the Captain's days are numbered. Luckily, young Tom, the cabin boy, has a brainwave. And so Pugwash, the most famous pirate of all, survives yet again to sail the Seven Seas. Ages 4+

  • The lighthouse keeper's breakfast / by Ronda and David Armitage
    The Grinlings are the "very special guests" at the lighthouse's 200th birthday party. They dress up as pirates and prepare to have lots of swashbuckling fun. But when they take to the high seas, they have far more pirate adventures than they could ever have imagined. Ages 4+

    Two little pirates / Ruth Paul
    "The dawn slips in on a dragonfly's wing, / in through a porthole to wake up the King, / and in through the misty remains of the night / come two little pirates preparing to fight" ... Mum and Dad are woken one weekend morning by their two young boys, pretending to be pirates. Ages 3+

    Class three all at sea / Julia Jarman ; illustrated by Lynne Chapman
    On the day Class Three went to sea, they saw donkeys dancing on the quay. They saw some sea lions skimming stones, but they didn't see the skull and crossbones! They're not a group to be daunted however, and with a little bit of help from an octopus they meet on the way, the pirates are overpowered and Class Three are left to enjoy their trip to the sea - and follow the pirates treasure map!

    Captain Flinn and the pirate dinosaurs. Missing treasure! / written by Giles Andreae ; illustrated by Russell Ayto
    When Flinn first met the Pirate Dinosaurs, he thought that he had taught them a lesson. But the real lesson is this ndash; never trust a pirate, but never ever trust a pirate dinosaur. This time, Flinn is hot on the trail of some stolen treasure and he knows exactly who's to blame. With the help of his friends and Captain Gurgleguts, fearless Flinn tracks the rotten crew to the Lost Island. So far, so good, but Flinn and his pals hadn't reckoned on the dinosaur's secret weapon ndash; the Giganotosaurus, T-Rex's cousin and the biggest dino the world has ever known! Will our hero be able to sail out of trouble this time? And what about all that stolen treasure? Luckily, every baddie has a weak spot and it's not long before the swashbuckling Flinn fights his way to victory!

    Mungo and the picture book pirates / Timothy Knapman and Adam Stower
    Each night Mungo reads his favourite story, a swashbuckling tale of danger, kidnap and rescue. But one night the hero, Captain Fleet, isn't there to save the day so Mungo decides to step in. He takes a deep breath and bravely jumps into the story and his very own pirate adventure. With a lot of bravery and a little help from the purple berserker bird, Mungo rescues Admiral Mainbrace and the plucky cabin girl Nora from the clutches of villainous Barnacle Bill and a whole host of horrible pirates.

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