David McPhail--award-winning author and illustrator of more than 40 books, including Santa's Book of Names--has created another delightful book about Edward, a voracious reader of anything he can get his hands on, even seed catalogs in a pinch. One night, while reading a book about pirates, Edward finds himself surrounded by the salty sailors who think his book might tell them where their treasure is buried. They beg, threaten, and bribe him to no avail, but when Edward's father scares the pirates with a shower of arrows, Edward feels sorry for them and relinquishes the book. As it turns out, the pirates can't read, so Edward reads the book aloud to them. Kids will love the big, dramatic paintings (moody acrylics on canvas) and the rollicking story of how, with a little imagination, a book can come to life. (Ages 4 to 8)
PreSchool-Grade 3. Edward is an endearing, studious-looking little boy who reads everything he can get his hands on?"Cereal boxes at the breakfast table...seed catalogs that arrived on the coldest day of winter, the inscription on the monument in the town square, and books?all kinds of books." Edward becomes so involved that whatever he reads seems to be real. One day at the local library he finds a volume entitled Lost Pirate Treasure and takes it home; that night pirates invade his bedroom, demanding that he hand over the book. In the ruckus that ensues, the child bravely refuses (it's checked out on HIS card, after all), but generously ends up reading it aloud to the pirates, who never learned how themselves. McPhail's tale colorfully shows the magical worlds a good book can create. The acrylic on canvas illustrations have a fantastical appearance, especially when Edward leaps into action with Admiral Peary, Robin Hood, and Joan of Arc. Edward and the Pirates will make a great read-aloud as it encourages children to read and discover the fun and adventure in books.?Christina Linz, Macon Technical Institute Library, GA
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Thank you. But through no fault of your own, the illustrations are too dark.Published 6 months ago by Bill Van Daalen
An excellent early reader's book. Might need assistance with some words or some explanations. A child learns to read and gets .immersed in the stories. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Persop
I love this book. Purchased for my son and then had to have it for my nephew. Edward helps the pirates because none of them can read. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Nitnoy
My son and daughter really loved this book when they were about 6yrs - 8 yrs. Beautiful illustrations and a wonderful story!Published 18 months ago by travelswithjulie
Fun book for my nephew who has an incredible imagination like Edward. I like that he chooses his own parents as super heroes to aid him! Illustrations very good and story sweet.Published 21 months ago by mossy
Read this to my son's first grade class and they loved it! Great pictures on the pages and nice story.Published on December 3, 2012 by Tina M. Newman
Edward is a little boy with a fantastic imagination. When he reads a book, he becomes a part of the story, which is fine when he's reading about Joan of Arc and Robin Hood, but it... Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by Amber Mc.