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Pirates, Ho! Hardcover – September 1, 2008

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Kindergarten-Grade 2—Thomson's unpredictable verse should be rehearsed before being read aloud to maximize its impact and its humor. For example, this is one such bouncy passage: "A skull keeps watch from our flag of bones./Our swords are steel and our hearts are stone/as we send our foes to Davy Jones./We are pirates, pirates, ho!" The language is littered with terms like "thieving," "lying," "rascally," and "cut-throat"—plus the ever-popular "avast" and "ahoy." Gilpin's wacky cartoons have a retro, take-no-prisoners abandon. The motley crew members run up riggings, make enemies walk the plank, drive their ship through perilous seas, and have a generally threatening appearance—until one takes a closer look at their faces and postures, which are just plain adorable. The most conspicuous dent in the pirates' armor presents itself in the gloom of night, when they tell each other ghost stories by the light of the eerie, cratered moon. Eyes widen, mouths fall open, muscles tense: "We are pirates, pirates—YIKES!" Although pirate books abound, this funny, fabulously illustrated rhyme is certainly worth adding.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
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Thomson's unpredictable verse should be rehearsed before being read aloud to maximize its impact and its humor. For example, this is one such bouncy passage: "A skull keeps watch from our flag of bones./Our swords are steel and our hearts are stone/as we send our foes to Davy Jones./We are pirates, pirates, ho!" The language is littered with terms like "thieving," "lying," "rascally," and "cut-throat" plus the ever-popular "avast" and "ahoy." Gilpin's wacky cartoons have a retro, take-no-prisoners abandon. The motley crew members run up riggings, make enemies walk the plank, drive their ship through perilous seas, and have a generally threatening appearance until one takes a closer look at their faces and postures, which are just plain adorable. The most conspicuous dent in the pirates armor presents itself in the gloom of night, when they tell each other ghost stories by the light of the eerie, cratered moon. Eyes widen, mouths fall open, muscles tense: "We are pirates, pirates YIKES!" Although pirate books abound, this funny, fabulously illustrated rhyme is certainly worth adding. --School Library Journal, October 2008
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: AD810L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761454357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761454359
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,480,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By ashertopia VINE VOICE on July 17, 2013
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The most memorable children's books are beautifully designed with colorful pictures and prose that immerse you in the subject matter. Add rhyming lyrics and pirates you've got a real winner! Like this one.

There is no story, per se, to this sing-songy celebration of pirates. It's fun, well written and silly. The art is fantastically well done, with each hand drawn page (fully illustrated to the bleed point) exciting and detailed. My two boys, 6 and 3, have let me read this to them multiple times since I received it a few weeks ago and routinely sing along on the "We are pirates, pirates ho!"

My only one concern, and it is a minor one, is that the song veers oddly in to skeletons, ghosts and spooky dreams. As a father who reads to his children at night, this part could have been left out. Still, I've seen no ill effects (read: bad dreams) from reading the story.

A great book that is well made and highly recommended.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.
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My 5 year old this on, especially when the tough pirates reveal their softer side. As the one who has to read it aloud, I appreciate the great, rhythmic rhymes...this one is fun even after several readings.
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I've read and re-read this book to children ages 3 - 22, and they all laugh out loud with great smiles. It's written such that with a bit of imagination and effort you could sing it from beginning to end. Wonderful lyrics and beautiful pictures. A absolute must have
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Colorful and cute story. The only thing I had to complain about was that the story was rhyming which made the author use words that took too much explanation for my 3 year old grandson. He quickly lost interest. Maybe when he is a littlle older it will be better.
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I bought this on a whim because it was in the bargain section at the time. I couldn't be happier with this purchase - it was so much better than anticipated.

The illustrations are fabulous! And the rhythmic text is enthralling. My 2.5 year old son LOVES it. It's definitely on my short list for little boys birthday gifts (or any pirate enthusiast).

Your kids will be calling out "We are pirates - pirates HO!" in no time. Highly recommend.
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By Jaysmom on January 28, 2014
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My daughter Loves!! pirates so this adorably salty tale was just what the Captain ordered.I. thought it might be too old (shes a preschooler) but it amused her to see such rough customers hiding in their beds after a ghost story.
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By LR on October 13, 2014
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First of all, that book was about pirates. I don't like pirates and I don't like the skeleton. That's just creepy. That's why I gave it two stars.

D, 7 years old, 2nd grade
As told to mom
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By Denise on January 11, 2010
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My 4 yr old says this book is "cool". He loves the pirate illustrations, especially naming the pirates. The text is lots of fun to read aloud as well. A great book for little pirates!
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