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No Bath, No Cake!: Polly's Pirate Party Hardcover – April 1, 2013


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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: NorthSouth (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735841128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735841123
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The pirates aboard the Mary Anne are excited to receive Polly’s birthday party invitation, and they anticipate sweets and cake. But, according to bossy parrot Pete, they can’t go as they are. First, they must bathe, and then replace their ratty togs with “smart” clothes, which sends the crew to town for snazzier duds. And although the buccaneers brainstorm gift ideas—including a saber (“You can give someone a lovely poke in the bottom,” says Spoonbelly, demonstrating), a wooden leg, or a cannon—Pete vetoes all of them. He asserts that a doll is an appropriate gift, so it’s back to town they go. Finally, the pirates are ready, but at Polly’s they discover their efforts are resoundingly unappreciated, and Pete’s assumptions about the party are off the mark. This peppy take on out-of-their-comfort-zone pirates gets a boost from a lively text and color-washed, intricate cartoon line drawings. Some of the humor is edgy—Pete is left bound and gagged on the ship mast—and may draw slightly older kids, while the parrot-in-charge premise is amusing. A supplementary pirate picture-book addition. Grades K-3. --Shelle Rosenfeld

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""Nicely translated from German and gleefully illustrated with cartoonish, Popeye-style characters, the story delivers an unexpected comeuppance to the spiffed-up pirates, and a not-too-messagey moral that even a filthy pirate can learn: Be yourself.""- New York Times Book Review
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This has to be my kids (age 4) favorite book. I read it to him three times last night at bed time. He thinks it is the funniest thing he has ever read. The illustrations are wonderful and it's a very silly story. I also like that the central kid character is a girl who wants to play with pirates instead of dolls. Warning to parents who our prudish about such things: It does feature Pirates running through town in their underwear and poking themselves in the bottom with sabers (as pirates tend to do). I mentioned it because I have read reviews where parents have taken offense at it. I am not such a parent, so I enjoyed the book as well.
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We just read this book at a story time at a local bookstore and I came straight to the internet to see about purchasing since my library doesn't have it. WE loved it - my daughter is afraid of pirates and she's 4 and this was a super funny rhyming book, fun pictures, and very funny story, and it involves a little girl at the end so it's not a 'boy' pirate book. Nothing scary happens. It's about pirates who are inviting to a birthday party and they have to dress up to go and get a nice present - and there's a twist at the end. Perfect to read to 2+ year olds.
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