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Linguistic jargon gets plenty of play as the titular pirates and cowboys face off in this fanciful picture book that embraces the popular premise of mixing up oddball characters (think Jon Scieszka’s Cowboy and Octopus, 2007, and Patricia Storms’ The Pirate and the Penguin, 2009). A sea-creature-staffed pirate crew discovers they need a new place to bury treasure, having used up their seaside real estate. They lumber inland all the way to Cheyenne. Alas, the western town is run by a passel of outlaw cowboys (farm animals, mostly), and trouble begins when neither group understands the other. “Me hearties” armed with cutlasses and looking for “fair scrub and a swish” are countered by rootin’-tootin’ gunslingers who demand the pirates “head for the hills.” Only Pegleg Highnoon, “the world’s only pirate cowboy,” can avert the danger. Barneda’s beady-eyed acrylics are rendered in the dusty tones of the plains, while generous white space places emphasis upon the text. A goofy, quirky story with a useful and unusual vocabulary-building twist. Yee-haw! Preschool-Grade 2. --Karen Cruze

About the Author

AARON REYNOLDS is the author of many hilarious and critically acclaimed books for children, including Creepy Carrots, Snowbots, Buffalo Wings, Chicks and Salsa, and the Joey Fly Private Eye books. He lives near Chicago with his wife and two children.

DAVID BARNEDA is a graduate of Art Center College of Design and Bucknell University. His fun, whimsical illustrations have been used in children's books, advertising, magazines, and even the side of a bus. He lives in sunny California.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375858741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375858741
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aaron Reynolds is a New York Times Bestselling Author of many highly acclaimed books for kids, including Carnivores, Chicks and Salsa, Joey Fly, Private Eye, and the Caldecott Honor winning Creepy Carrots! He frequently visits schools and his highly participatory presentations are a blast for kids and teachers alike. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife, two kids, four cats, and between three and ten fish, depending on the day.

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What a great way to show kids how different people react to things the way they are used to.
Carole P. Roman
The first time I read this I was laughing out loud while trying to read it because it is just THAT funny.
Chicagomom77
I'd be having this here a hard time gettin' the twang down but it was sure a fun story to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Live Outside on September 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Raise your hand if you speak pirate? Ok. Now raise your hand if you speak cowboy? Ok. If any of ya yellow-bellied varmints out there known anything ya best be knowing how to speak both them languages if ye be wantin' to readin' this yer' book. I'd be having this here a hard time gettin' the twang down but it was sure a fun story to read.

Wow, Burnt Beard and his scurvy crew " pillaged " (yes that is the word) the villages and got more treasure than they could bury in their typical spot so they went into Old Cheyenne. Old Cheyenne is Black Bob McKraw territory ("he's nastier than two-week old chili and twice as gassy") and Burnt Beard and Black Bob begin a pirate-cowboy showdown. They start off with words and since they are from different backgrounds (pirates and cowboys) they don't understand the language each other is using. Things get heated and next thing you know, out comes the weapons. Tada!! Pegleg Highnoon to the rescue! He talks both pirate and cowboy and when he takes a whiff of them critters, he tells them "something they both could understand." Good picture book about talking about the differences in people and compromises. I think the some of the words in the book are difficult for younger children to really know so be ready to explain (pillaged, mayhem, posse, cutlasses, etc.) The critters were cute and once you get the language down, you hearties will be findin' you be talkin' like pirates or cowboys for hours.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carole P. Roman on May 10, 2013
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Such a fun book- you can discuss so much. What a great way to show kids how different people react to things the way they are used to. Just sub cowboys for your brother and pirates for you sister and then describe what they might say. Wonderful book for reflections.
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By Chicagomom77 on September 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
We borrowed this book from the library as my son (3.5) is really into both pirates and cowboys lately. The first time I read this I was laughing out loud while trying to read it because it is just THAT funny. The "slang" that both the pirates and cowboys use can actually be a tongue twister, which of course my son thinks is hilarious. I also like the underlining meaning of the book that despite differences people can find something in common and get along. Love the pictures of the all the different characters. The other great thing about this book is that it is NOT too long. Some books just go on and on and my son does not have the attention span (and frankly neither do I). This is just the right length. Highly recommend and I will be buying it!
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I had a hard time reading this book to my six year old because I kept getting so tickled. Two worlds collide in this book about cowboys and pirates. The pictures are hysterical. One of the members of the cowboy gang is a mean looking cactus! There is also a spider with a 10 gallon hat and a six shooter. The Pirates have a turtle with an eye patch and when on land they carry one of their members, a fish, in a bowl. It's pure comic genius. So excited to find this at the library today. Feeling the need to buy it myself for our collection. One note, Aaron Reynolds is also the author of Creepy Carrots and Carnivores. Both very funny but no where near as funny as this book.
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