How I Became a Pirate by Melinda LongHow I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long

How I Became a Pirate

byMelinda LongIllustratorDavid Shannon

Hardcover | September 15, 2003

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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.
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 popular picture books, including How I Became a Pirate. His numerous awards include a Caldecott Honor for No, David! He lives in Burbank, Californ...
Title:How I Became a PirateFormat:HardcoverDimensions:44 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.38 inPublished:September 15, 2003Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0152018484

ISBN - 13:9780152018481

Appropriate for ages: 4


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Great story, fun to read, wonderful illustrations!
Date published: 2017-01-16
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

Editorial Reviews

Caldecott Honor-winner Shannon spices up this spirited pirate tale with vivid, appropriately zany acrylics." "Long's dry, tongue-in-cheek humor serves as an ideal springboard for Shannon's gleefully madcap illustrations." "Shannon's illustrations? are a page-turning glory. Long's clever and spirited text leaves other pirate books in the bilge." "Readers will be blown away by this rowdy gang, depicted in richly robust, humorous paintings." "A roaring good read." "