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Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC Hardcover – May 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152167323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152167325
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 10.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2–These animal pirates decide that they need more than the letter R (R's not enough./We need other letters/to help make us tough), so they set off to find the remaining 25. Led by a crocodile captain (with a hook, no less), the band of buccaneers searches far and wide to complete their mission. Some letters are found near items that begin with that letter, e.g., an anchor, gold, or a parrot. Others are in situations that involve the letter in action–Q is questioned, U is underwater. Still others are described, as in the case of the nimble N. Some alphabet books struggle to incorporate X, but as any young pirate knows, X marks the spot on a treasure map. The rhyming text is more suited to reading aloud as it includes a number of words that would have beginning readers asking for assistance. The colorful cartoon illustrations encourage children to participate by finding the sought-after letters, which appear in bright red uppercase in each scene. This alphabet adventure is sure to capture audience attention at a pirate-themed storyhour, and it will be enjoyed by individual borrowers.–Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA
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PreS-Gr. 2. "R-r-r-run for your lives, all ye alphabet letters!" Some swashbuckling pirates are plundering the ABCs, and they won't stop until they capture every letter, right down to z. The animal buccaneers dig for doubloons, discover a chest of gold, find x marks the spot, and drop anchor, capturing the letters a, d, and g along the way. Meanwhile, the alligator captain threatens to show the pirates the plank if they don't bring him the alphabet. This rollicking, rhyming, seafaring caper is an inventive alphabet book, and Cole's comical illustrations put wind in the sails of the clever quest. A rip-roaring yarn that offers a treasure chest of ideas for classroom activities. Julie Cummins
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More About the Author

June Sobel was born in New York City and grew up in the Long Island suburb of Oceanside, New York. She graduated Skidmore College and has an MFA in Painting from Stanford University. The birth of her son renewed her interest in the read aloud magic of picture books. June loves the challenge of creating books that awaken the wonder of words and pictures in children as well as keep the child alive in adults. She wrote her first book B IS FOR BULLDOZER illustrated by Melissa Iwai when she couldn't find an ABC book on construction for her truck obsessed three year old. Her subsequent books are SHIVER ME LETTERS - A PIRATE ABC illustrated by Henry Cole and the THE GOODNIGHT TRAIN illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith. June lives in Westlake Village, California with her husband, son and a scrappy Norfolk Terrier named Dudley. She likes to devour great books, laugh, attempt to stand on her head, eat Sprinkles cupcakes, watch romantic black and white movies and kayak on glassy waters.

Customer Reviews

I read the book and think it will be fun and educational.
Katsmeow
It has fun illustrations and introduces each letter in a fun, pirate-themed way.
C-flo
My 3 year old son, who is crazy about pirates, loved this book!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By monkey mom on May 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Our two sons (5 and 2) absolutely love pirates, so we were immediately drawn to this book when we saw it. The whimsical pictures and interesting writing sold us on the book. It isn't written in your typical sing-songy alphabet book rhyme, although the rhyme and rhythm are still there. As parents, my husband and I love the way the kids have to "search" in the pictures to find the letters - for instance, the "S" is in the curve of the blade of a pirate sword and the "O" is a life preserver. Our 2 year old giggles every time we reach the ending (but I won't give that away!) You just can't go wrong with this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on May 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
June Sobel is the author of B is for Bulldozer: A Construction ABC. Henry Cole has illustrated more than forty books for children.

What young child isn't captivated by pirates? In Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC, the gang of swashbuckling pirates are ordered by their captain to capture the alphabet. The pirate ship sets sail to search out and seize all the letters of the alphabet. They are determined that no letter will escape!

Sobel's delightful adventure is told in rhyme and children will ask to be read the story over and over again. A by-product is that it is written in such a way that it will contribute to children learning the alphabet. The illustrations are fun and whimsical and greatly add to the story.

Armchair Interviews says: Have some fun reading to your children and help them learn at the same time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Schroder on June 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a cute alphabet book for the preschool set. The letters are cleverly disguised although by no means hidden. My three year old enjoys reading this as pirates have become popular recently with him and his friends. "R said the Captain!" (instead of "argh")
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Garwood on September 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Loved this book! As a kindergarten teacher, I am always looking for books with an alphabet theme. This book held my children's interest and mine. Some letters easy to spot, others required more thought. Great book for a pirate theme, or a letter p theme.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nikki S. VINE VOICE on January 27, 2007
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This is an adorable and entertaining book! I did it as a read-aloud to my first grade class and they immediately asked me to read it again. Prior to reading, I asked them if they knew what Pirates said, and they all growled, "ARGH!" which was the perfect lead-in to this story..."R" said the pirate. "R's not enough! We need more letters to make us sound tough!" So the pirates go off in search of the entire alphabet. The pictures and rhyming text make it a very enjoyable story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shoetree on May 15, 2011
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I'm a Speech Pathologist and purchased this book, along with Pop Up Pirate (a game) to make a pirate themed lesson for my students. I love this book because it really encourages discussion and also helps kids who are working on articulation because every sound in the alphabet is in this book. I love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Silva on March 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Shiver Me Letters plays off a very cute (and wonderully geeky) joke, the pirate's fixation on the letter "R", as in "ARRRRR!". The pirate captain has decided that his crew needs to expand their horizons beyond just "R". So they lower their anchor ("A"!) at a desert island and set off seeking a buried treasure of letters.

And yes, "X" does indeed mark the spot.

Told in rhyming couplets by June Sobel, this story will have youngsters reading along as they follow the adventures of the pirate crew through the letters of the alphabet. Henry Cole has illustrated the pirates as cute cartoon animals, including a crocodile captain who wears a rubber-ducky floatation device (it even has an eyepatch!).

The illustrations are humorous and colorful, and the text is plain fun as it bounces from one location to the next, covering all of the classic pirate motifs while it moves through the alphabet. To make things even more fun, the letters of the alphabet are hidden in the illustrations, giving a nice treat for visual and artistic learners.

The ending is adorable too.

Alphabet books are great learning tools for young children, and this one has the added advantage of telling an amusing story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Minor on August 20, 2012
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Children loved this little book, especially since it went with their themed birthday party -- a pirate theme with Jack Sparrow present. My three-year-old grandson asked to have it read more than once!

-Minor
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