How to Be a Pirate: Children’s book review

How to be a Pirate - Children's book
How to be a Pirate - Children's book

Silver Spring, Md, January 21,2014 – Do you have a little one who loves pretending to be a pirate? How to Be a Pirate by Sue Fliess and illustrated by Nikki Dyson is a story narrated by a pirate that takes three children on a tour through a pirate ship and on adventure, teaching them what it takes to be a pirate along the way.

How to Be a Pirate provides everything an aspiring pirate needs to know. First comes the tour of the ship.  Then readers are invited to choose their pirate look. Do you want an eye patch, a parot, or a hook? Next comes the rules, or lack of rule. No more baths or teeth brushing, what could be better?

But being a pirate comes with lots of excitement and danger. The crew gets into a battle with an enemy ship and then follows a map to search for buried treasure. By the end, the children in the story have passed the test and are named pirates.

This is a great book for little ones who have discovered the fun of pretending to be a pirate. Pirate vocabulary, like scallywags, matey and yo-ho-ho are peppered throughout the text, giving little ones some tools in their make-believe tool box, and making it hard for parents to not read aloud in their best pirate voice. It is a short story that reads quickly thanks in part to rhyming couplets on each page of text. The story will be a popular bedtime favorite that will have children asking you to read it over and over.

There is a lot that happens in the pictures on each page. Whether it is the sea monster the ship is dodging, the monkey carrying a pile of cannonballs, or the pirate sucking his thumb, children will have as much fun examining the drawings as they will listening to the story.

The artwork is reminiscent of the style used in many of the more classic Little Golden Books such as the Scrawny Tawny Lion and Scuffy the Tugboat.  Even though the characters are pirates they are drawn to be appealing to children with either friendly smiles or silly expressions.

Author Sue Fliess is the author of 6 children’s books, with two more scheduled for release in 2014.  Illustrator Nikki Dyson has BA in Illustration from the University of Bath and has illustrated almost a dozen children’s books.

How to Be a Pirate (ISBN: 9780449813096) by Sue Fliess and illustrated by Nikki Dyson was published on January 7, 2014 by Random House Children’s Books, and is recommended for ages 2 to 5.  It is available as a hardcover as part of the Little Golden Book Series and as an ebook.

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