Wednesday, May 28, 2014

‘A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade’

Book cover: A Pirate's Guide to First Grade by James Preller. A boy waves a pirate flag (a skull and two crossed cutlasses) from on top of the roof of his school bus, and his dog perches on its hood. Ghostly pirates surround the bus. The skull and crossed cutlasses motif is repeated on each side of the drawing.
Unexpected discoveries, like A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade (Feiwel & Friends, 2010), are one of my chief joys when shelving children’s books.

Written by Jame Preller entirely in pirate lingo, it documents a child’s first day at school.

The boy’s imagination transforms his school bus and classroom into a pirate ship. Illustrator Greg Ruth has created a host of imagined buccaneers that accompany the boy during his day.

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