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A PIRATE'S NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Author: Philip Yates

Illustrator: Sebastia Serra

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Publisher: Sterling Publishing, ©2008

Material: hard cover

Summary: Do pirates get Christmas treasure? So who does delivers it? No, it's not Santa. Ahoy, it is Sir Peggedy and his eight trusty seahorses. This is a seaworthy retelling of Clement C. Moore's classic poem.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, early reader, remedial reader

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 and up

Interest Level: 3 to 9

Reading Level: 1.9

Age of Child: Read with and by a 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter shivered-me-timbers and laughed her way through this one.

Adult Reader Reaction: Clever, clever, clever. This is probably the most clever re-modeling of the classic that I've ever seen. The descriptions of the pirates and events are vivid and brought to life in wonderful colorful. There is pirate jargon galore and the glossary in the back is a riot. So not only is it fun, you learn something, too.

Pros: This cleverly told, wonderfully illustrated story is destined to be an instant tradition in your family.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is destined to be a new classic. The kids will love reading it year after year, even when they're done acting like pirates.

If You Liked This Book, Try: TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING   RUNAWAY DREIDEL!   THE BLACKSMITH'S GIFT

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 1.9

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, pirates, holiday

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2008

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