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.