How I Became a Pirate

by Melinda Long
Illustrator David Shannon

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | September 1, 2003 | Picture Books

How I Became a Pirate is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
Pirates have green teeth-when they have any teeth at all. I know about pirates, because one day, when I was at the beach building a sand castle and minding my own business, a pirate ship sailed into view. So proclaims Jeremy Jacob, a boy who joins Captain Braid Beard and his crew in this witty look at the finer points of pirate life by the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator David Shannon and the storyteller Melinda Long. Jeremy learns how to say "scurvy dog," sing sea chanteys, and throw food . . . but he also learns that there are no books or good night kisses on board: "Pirates don''t tuck." A swashbuckling adventure with fantastically silly, richly textured illustrations that suit the story to a T.

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 44 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.4 in

Published: September 1, 2003

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0152018484

ISBN - 13: 9780152018481

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Book to Read My toddler really enjoys this book. The pictures are engaging and he loves to hear me speak in funny voices, like the pirates do. I recommend this as an addition to any child's book shelf. Even though he asks me to read it every night, I haven't gotten tired of the story myself (yet).
Date published: 2009-03-06
Rated out of 5 by from Winner of a Parents' Choice Gold Award Author Long's appealing fantasy about a young hero, Jeremy Jacob, and how he comes to join the crew of Captain Braid Beard's pirate ship, is made spell-binding with the addition of artist Shannon's bright, bold and mildly scarifying acrylic illustrations. Listeners learn that pirates have green teeth ("when they have any teeth at all"); sing -- "a little off-key "-- such chanteys as "Hey, ho, blow the man down;” and are not above kidnapping young Jeremy after marveling at the handsome sandcastle he is building on the beach. The pirate crew is sorely in need of a good digger to help them bury a treasure. Jeremy becomes their willing captive; nobody tells pirates when to go to bed or take a bath or change into pajamas. "Pirates don't do anything they don't want to -- except for maybe swabbing the decks." But listeners and young hero alike soon learn the negatives of pirate life: no bedtime stories, no tucking- in, no goodnight kisses. When an unexpected storm damages the pirate ship and drives it back to shore, Jeremy convinces its crew to bury the treasure chest in Jeremy's backyard. The satisfied pirates happily sail off, and Jeremy finds he's back home just in time for soccer practice. A well-rounded, well-spun tale. For more details on the Parents' Choice Foundation, please visit www.parents-choice.org
Date published: 2006-11-21

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How I Became a Pirate

by Melinda Long
Illustrator David Shannon

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 44 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.4 in

Published: September 1, 2003

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0152018484

ISBN - 13: 9780152018481

About the Book

A Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator teams up with a witty storyteller for this hilarious pirate adventure starring a little boy who joins Braid Beard's crew on a fantastic voyage. Full color.

From the Publisher

Pirates have green teeth-when they have any teeth at all. I know about pirates, because one day, when I was at the beach building a sand castle and minding my own business, a pirate ship sailed into view. So proclaims Jeremy Jacob, a boy who joins Captain Braid Beard and his crew in this witty look at the finer points of pirate life by the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator David Shannon and the storyteller Melinda Long. Jeremy learns how to say "scurvy dog," sing sea chanteys, and throw food . . . but he also learns that there are no books or good night kisses on board: "Pirates don''t tuck." A swashbuckling adventure with fantastically silly, richly textured illustrations that suit the story to a T.

About the Author

MELINDA LONG is a teacher and the author of the award-winning bestseller How I Became a Pirate. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina.

DAVID SHANNON is the illustrator of many successful picture books, including How I Became a Pirate. His numerous awards include a Caldecott Honor for No, David! He lives in Burbank, California.

Editorial Reviews

"A roaring good read."

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5