How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long

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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.


About Melinda Long

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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.
Published December 27, 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 44 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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His mom and dad busy on another part of the beach, young Jeremy happily joins a band of hook-handed, eye-patched, snaggle-toothed pirates aboard their ship, learning pirate table manners (none), enjoying a game of nautical soccer until a shark eats the ball, then happily retiring without having t...

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The pirates are about as ragtag and dentally challenged a group of scurvy salts as ever sailed the high seas, and a clever visual surprise brings the shipboard adventure to a close.

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After seeing the Pumpkin Theatre’s How I Become a Pirate, based on the children’s book by Melinda Long, there is nothing I want more than to become a pirate!

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PreS-Gr 1—Ahoy, mateys! Did you hear? Melinda Long's picture book illustrated by the inimitable David Shannon is now an app. The story tells of one Jeremy Jacob's adventure with a group of pirates during a family outing to the beach. The scalaways are looking for a spot to bury treasure and someo...

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