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The Night Pirates Paperback – September 1, 2005

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–A group of rough, tough girl pirates sneaks over to Toms house to steal the front of his house to disguise their ship. When Tom hears them, he asks to join them, and they agree. Then its off to steal a treasure that belongs to adult pirates, and they are so befuddled by the ships house front that they give it up easily. This leads to victory and a good nights sleep for Tom. Harriss soothing text has a storytellers rhythm built in. The rhyming couplets are interspersed with questions that lead to the next section of the tale, clarifying and expanding it. The text is written in a rolling font that adds to the movement of the pirate ship. Allwrights illustrations are moody and midnight-colored with some collages added in. Their texture, made of maps and graph paper among other items, adds to the mystery of the adventures. The storys touch of the ridiculous will appeal to young listeners, especially surrounding the adult pirates. This tale would be terrific at a pajama storytime, and its pirate theme will satisfy many young girls and boys.–Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ
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PreS-K. In a rhyming story, a little boy named Tom lies in his bed as shadows form in the moonlight outside his window. He doesn't know what to make of them and fears the worst until he discovers that he's being recruited by girl pirates. Tom joins the crew and off they sail in their house/ship to an island, scaring off a band of grown-up pirates before making a quick voyage home. The simple, rhythmic story is enhanced by Allwright's exuberant illustrations. Working in a combination of paint and collage, she sets her cartoonish characters jauntily against the striking blue backgrounds of a night sky. Children will delight in her use of unusual angles and the sheer energy of each double-page spread. Young fashionistas, for instance, will be amused by the extravagant hat worn by the captain of the girl pirates. A sure bet for bedtime, but suggest this for daytime sharing, too. Todd Morning
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140521161X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405211611
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #909,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
We picked this book up in the UK recently (different publisher) - it's the new favorite book in our house. My 4 yr old has memorized all the words - can't go to sleep without reading it. Even my 7 yr old will come in when he hears us reading this book. Great for boys and girls (the pirates ARE girls after all). Beautiful illustrations, lovely rhyming, can't say enough good things!
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Format: Hardcover
Lovely illustrations take the reader into pirateland; the slowing moving text across the pages makes sleepytime come for certain. We crave anything about pirates and this is a fun bedtime story to add to our list.
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Format: Hardcover
We love this book! We are parents who love anything pirate. We were so happy to find a book for our 2-year-old daughter about rowdy girl pirates. Often pirate books are about boys. Its fun that a boy gets to come along on the adventure, but its the girls who are the main protagonists. The illustrations are great too.
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Just an additional note. There's both an American version and an British version. The British version of course uses English terminology such as "I'll tell my mummy" in place of mommy. There are several differences along this line.
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Format: Hardcover
It has really cute illustrations, and they shine with the wonderful, just-a-little-bit-exciting text.

Tom's bedroom is invaded by girl pirates, who welcome him aboard their boat when they steal the front of his house for disguise. All the pirates (and Tom) go, they non-violently steal treasure from the grown-up pirates, and Tom ends up back home safe in bed.

I have yet to meet a kid who didn't enjoy this book.
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Purchased for my Granddaughter as she love to read about pirates. Reading is a pastime that has been valued by our family and past down from generation to generation as an important activity. This was a great addition to her library and introduces a multimedia approach to reading. She loves it!
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By SueG on February 26, 2013
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I love this book and have bought several copies for friends as well as owning a copy myself. The illustrations are sumptuous and offer interesting details and humour. The story is fun, inventive and uses great vocabulary. The fact that the pirates are girls and that little Tom has to beg to be allowed to come along on the adventure provides a stereo type busting story line.
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This is a sweet story with a surprise twist...my daughters loved the rough and tough girl pirates...a nice change from princesses and damsels in distress. My daughter wanted a book to dress up with for character day and this was her first choice. Her review of the book (6 year old) is as follows: "I love this book!!!!! I dressed up like the night pirates. It is a really funny story. This is my favorite book!"
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