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Twenty-six Pirates: An Alphabet Book Hardcover – June 27, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books (June 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399257772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399257773
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.2 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: #377,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-Despite appealingly piratical illustrations, this swashbuckling title is thin on story and unsuccessful as an alphabet book. Each letter is represented by a boy's name, followed by a rhyming statement about him. It begins, "Pirate Arty. First to the party" and ends with, "Pirate Zach. The final attack." While the concept is clever enough, the names are written in a medieval-style type, preventing easy recognition by youngsters learning their letters. Additionally, the name choices are not always effective at presenting the appropriate sounds. The most problematic is the letter "J," Pirate Juan, which does not make the English "j" sound. The humorous collage illustrations are grotesquely cartoonish, slightly reminiscent of the work of David Shannon or Victoria Chess. The multicultural boys have huge, blocklike teeth, oversize heads, semicircle noses, and googly eyes. Busily doing everything from eating, to swimming, to walking the plank, they are joined on every page by bug-eyed frogs that add to the humor and tie the story together. The art will likely be a big hit with pirate fans everywhere, and a few sophisticated asides will appeal to parents, but those hoping for a plot or in search of books for an alphabet bin will need to look elsewhere.-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

The inside of the dust jacket informs the reader that Captain Frogbeard requires a crew for an “alphabetical journey, no rules, good rhymes, big adventure, bigger squids, safe return not guaranteed.” Twenty-six boys, named from A to Z, join the incumbent crew of frogs for swashbuckling high jinks (although it should be noted that we do not actually see Pirate Nat, who lost his hat—just the fly-away lid). The fun of the book is in the illustrations and the rhymes created around each boy’s name: “Pirate Chuck. Pushing his luck”; “Pirate Owen. Where’s he going?”; “Pirate Ulysses. Swims with the fishies.” The cut-paper illustrations are silly and appealing, with the expressions of the bug-eyed frogs providing a sort of visual Greek chorus to the escapades of the boys. The lack of girl pirates is unfortunate but understandable if this is viewed as a bookend to Twenty-Six Princesses (2008)—though some girls will undoubtedly prefer pirates to princesses. Sure to be a hit with buccaneers and landlubbers alike. Preschool-Grade 1. --Kara Dean

More About the Author

"Dave Horowitz...specializes in comical stories that operate on two levels, leaving parents tittering along with their children's giggles". -- the New York Times.

Horowitz has written and illustrated over a dozen popular books for children including, THE UGLY PUMPKIN, HUMPTY DUMPTY CLIMBS AGAIN, TWENTY-SIX PRINCESSES (and its counterpart, TWENTY-SIX PIRATES) as well as the 2008 Sydney Taylor Notable, FIVE LITTLE GEFILTES.

Besides making books for kids, Dave has been a drummer, a rock climbing guide and a college professor. His favorite color is orange.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grandma's Critique on January 15, 2014
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As I've said before...I've never read a Dave Horowitz book to my grandchildren that I didn't love. Bonus...they love them too!
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By Bonnie Schmied on April 20, 2014
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My grandson loves this book! He will listen to it everyday. I first found it for my kindergarten class. They also love it.
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By DAMarch on December 11, 2013
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My almost 5 year old son loves this book - it is funny, clever, and the illustrations are fantastic. My 2 1/2 year old daughter has the 26 Princesses book, and both books are on the frequently requested list for bedtime :)
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By redbirdsfan on November 6, 2013
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Awesome book. Cute pictures. My child read this at school and is happy he was able to read it on his kindle
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