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Pirates Don't Say Please! Hardcover – September 14, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (September 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589809823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589809826
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,193,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 1-2-Pirate-costume-clad Billy Nelson refuses to use his manners at lunch, so Mom sends him to his room. During his imaginary journey, he encounters an elephant and then an adult pirate who both unsuccessfully demand that he be polite. Finally, like Sendak's Max, the young pirate hears and smells signs of home, whereupon he unearths jewels and a crown to trigger a sudden transformation of costume and attitude. "Dear Queen, your prince has arrived with hands washed. Many thanks for the banquet. May the feast begin, please." Knowlton's tale is heavy in pirate vocabulary: "bounty," "poppet," "cutlass," etc., and Tans's paintings vary in finesse. The face-off between Billy and the earring-wearing elephant is spot-on, but some illustrations of the boy are less well done. This one is too uneven to be deemed a treasure.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"Arrrrgh!" says pirate Billy Nelson as he's sent to the brig-to his room without lunch-for bringing his ruthless manners to the table. "Pirates don't wash their hands," he declares before walking the plank to his dungeon with a plundered chicken leg.

Billy learns the cost of his scallywag habits when Mom asks him to leave his pirate behavior behind and return to being her polite son. While in his room, Billy goes on an imaginary journey. Marooned by Elephant for not saying "thank you," he is refused a ride to his treasure by the ship's captain for not saying "please."

Billy finds the buried booty on his own, but not before his tummy starts to grumble. Suddenly, this swashbuckling adventurer realizes being polite is more valuable than all the loot one sailor could plunder! With his hands washed and his jewels left behind, Billy trades his grubby ways for the manners of a prince just in time for dinner. After all, "a prince always says please."


Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and has authored more than thirty-five books, including Pelican's Cowgirl Alphabet; I Know a Librarian Who Chewed on a Word; Nana's Rice Pie; Red, White, and Blue; Why Cowboys Need a Brand; Why Cowboys Need a Pardner; and Why Cowgirls Are Such Sweet Talkers. Her best-selling children's book Why Cowboys Sleep with Their Boots On, also published by Pelican, won the Premier Print Award from Eastman Kodak. An international speaker, Knowlton loves kicking back on her ranch, Roots 'n Wings.

Adrian Tans, a five-time Vermont state snow-sculpting champ and a native of Boston, is an accomplished painter and illustrator. He is the illustrator of Pelican's The Emperor's Army, Kick the Cowboy, Pirate Treasure Hunt!, and Witches' Night Before Halloween. Tans lives with his wife and children in Woodstock, Vermont.


More About the Author

Laurie's first published work was a note passed to a boy in elementary school. You would have thought that this most embarrassing moment would have stopped her writing career. But instead, Laurie is the author of thirty five books and author/illustrator of two more. Laurie lives in rural Ohio with her husband and two daughters and loves writing surrounded by horses, cattle, dogs, cats, and five turkeys.

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Format: Hardcover
Lot's of creative pirate fun. Billy's refusal to say please leads him on a treasure filled adventure. My little pirate wants to listen to this story over and over again! We are looking for pirate pajamas, so he can dream his own fun adventures after we read it and turn out the light:)
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In this story by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton, Billy learns that being a pirate and not saying "please " and "thank you" will get you sent to your room, no admittance to the pirate ship, and more. He thinks he is tough when he does not use "please" but finds out pretty quickly that those magic words lead to his happiness.

This is a delightful tale of a boy who learns the importance of being polite. Laurie accomplishes this task with Billy's adventure as he searches for his buried treasure which leads him to using his manners in the end. Enjoy the story.
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As always, Knowlton is spot on in this fast-moving, fun story of every boy's dream--to be a real Pirate. With no heavy messaging, the story itself conveys what we all want our kids (and other people's kids) to be--polite. The language makes this a fun read-aloud. Can't go wrong!
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