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Shiver Me Timbers!: Pirate Poems & Paintings Hardcover – August 28, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442413212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442413214
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 11.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Arrgh, matey, best beware!” Pirates take the stage in Florian’s latest book of short, rhymed verse. Delighting in the colorful vocabulary of pirate lore and the popular image of piracy, these 19 poems focus on topics such as the code of conduct, food, and weapons of piracy. While history plays a role, the book’s overall tone is comical, with an outlook summed up in pithy, playful lines such as “We’re rude, crude dudes with attitudes. / We’re motley and we’re mean,” and “A pirate’s life is topsy-turvy, / Full of strife and rife with scurvy.” Bold ink drawings, digitally brightened with colors, capture the tone of the writing and add their own witty details. With deft wordplay in the verse and droll comedy in the art, the book is fun to read aloud. Despite a good bit of sword waving and some sticking out of tongues, there’s no more violence here than in a production of The Pirates of Penzance. Grades K-3. --Carolyn Phelan

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* “Arr! ’Tis a bonny day indeed when piratical inclinations are recorded with such florid nastiness as that found in this stellar collection of seagoing poems for salty dogs…it’s hard to imagine a pirate poetry book half as much fun as the one conjured up here. It helps that along with being amusing, the poems are actually informative as well…. Bouncy verse is ably complemented by Neubecker’s pitch-perfect art. His nasty (yet nicely multicultural and including both genders) rovers are always dirty, always wild and clearly having fun on every page. It’s not a stretch to say that if Shel Silverstein himself were to have dabbled in the piratical he could not have come up with a better selection of scurvy doggerel than the delicious verses found here.

Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2012, *STAR

* “From the smiling, rollicking kids on the cover laying claim to a beach full of treasure to the shipload of fierce, sneering, plundering, cutlass-waving, face-making buccaneers, boastful of their scurrilous behavior, these pirates are a motley group. In 19 poems, they teach “Pirate Patter” and punishment and describe some less-than-appetizing meals at sea; their penchant for stealing, burying, and sometimes losing track of treasure; and their weapons…. The up- and downsides of life on a pirate ship are evident in Neubecker’s bold, colorful, detail-filled cartoonlike illustrations, outlined in India ink. Kids, boys especially, will be charmed by these feisty poems.”

School Library Journal, August 2012, *STAR

“Florian provides young pirate lovers with a profusion of arrrghs and ahoy mateys, enough to keep their piratephilia alive for a long time…. Sometimes the poems veer into the deliciously disgusting…. Neubecker’s digitally colored India-ink illustrations play well with the light verse. While some of the images feature close-ups of faces, many of a pirate (or just his bloodshot eyes on a black background) staring directly at the reader, there is nothing to be afraid of here, and the reader knows that these poems are balanced between light gore and outright silliness.”

Horn Book Magazine, September/October 2012

More About the Author

Douglas Florian is the creator of many acclaimed picture books including Dinothesaurus, which received starred reviews in four major publications, Comet, Stars, The Moon and Mars, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year and Horn Book Fanfare List selection; Bow Wow Meow Meow, winner of the Gryphon Award and a Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year; and Lizards, Frogs and Polliwogs, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book. He lives with his family in New York.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A&N Levy on August 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent chidren's book full of creative and intriguing poems and art work. Fabulous use of "pirate lingo" incorporated into the text. Perfect for school aged children and adults too ! Douglas Florian's unique poetic style really shines in this book. A must read !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By discalced121 on September 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A delightful children's book about those fabled raiders of the high seas that we love to imagine about.

The illustrations are exciting and well-detailed, without being too graphic.

The poems are funny, perfectly metered, and introduce a good amount of sophisticated vocabulary to new readers in an endearing, whimsical way.
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By V. Madan on April 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As someone who loves reading poetry, I enjoyed this book tremendously. By the time I was done, me brain was oozing with aaars and thaaars, and I felt like half-a-pirate meself.

This book is perfect for any pirate fan, and can be enjoyed at multiple levels: (1) read it as a picture/poetry book full of funny and enjoyable poems; (2) read it aloud and participate in the fun Douglas Florian has with language and sounds; (3) use it for learning more - the poems in this book touch upon almost every aspect of the pirate life and, despite their light-heartedness, can be a perfect starting point for kids who want to dig a little deeper and learn more about pirates and piracy.

The bold illustrations by Robert Neubecker, with their rough and rumpled look are a perfect complement to both the subject matter and the spirit of the poems.

Methinks this book will definitely seize and commandeer every pirate-fan's full attention!
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By mglass on September 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you're into the craft of wordsmithing this book will make you very happy. After reading it through cover to cover with my kids I find myself picking it up again when they're asleep to discover new subtleties in the language.
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