Must Read Monday: How I Became a Pirate
How I Became a Pirate is a hilarious children’s book about a boy who was chosen to help the pirates bury their treasure. There is a lot of “Aargh’s” and “Ahoy thar, matey’s” in the book which makes it impossible to read the book normally. I challenge you to read this book without switching to a pirate voice. I fer one thinks it be impossible, matey!
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.