Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ahoy, Thar Mateys!

YO HO HO ya frightful bunch a book lovin' land lubbers!  Tis the tenth annual 'talk like a pirate day' this very day.  So don yer eye patch, let yer jolly roger fly high, grab a cup a grog and read me post like yer a pirate (humor me).
Here be several books that'll surely get ya in the mood to speak in yer very best piratical voice.  

Firstly there's Treasure Island , Mr. Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure upon the high seas.  If ya haven't had the chance to meet Long John Silver yerself- it's high time ya did.  There never was a better villain in me humble opinion than that scurvy dog.

Perchance do ya fancy reading graphic novels now and then?  We'll I ain't ashamed to say I do.  So ya might like to pick up Tim Hamilton's version of Treasure Island ... it'll paint the picture for ya, I dare say.

Me library had an advance copy (book to be released on the 25th of this month, believe it or not) of The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate by Scott Nash.  I'm right excited to start reading it to my young cabin boys before they set to bed each night.  The first chapter was an absolute delight, and the pictures are a sight for sore eyes!

Tell me you've heard of Bloody Jack by L. A. Meyer already!  If ya haven't it's more than a bloody shame.  Tis a whole series about the notorious Jacky Faber.  I can hardly put these ens down when I start in on em.  High Adventure I tells ya!  High Adventure! (and a bit a romance and overall tom foolery too).

Pirate Bob by Kathryn Lasky, pictures by David Clark tells of the life of a couple of low down pirate dogs.  The thrills, the perils and the complexities of it all.  Being a pirate ain't easy ya know!

Need a book to answer some important questions concerning the life of a pirate?  Ye'll find all ya need to know in Do Pirates Take Baths? by Kathy Tucker, pictures by Nadine Bernard Westcott.

Perchance yer unsure what yer dad does at work all day?  It may be he's actually a pirate.  Just look at Papa Is a Pirate by Katharina Grossmann-Hensel.

I'd wager you've all been on a bear hunt before... but have ya been on a Pirate Treasure Hunt! ? (by Jan Peck, pictures by Adrian Tans).

I'm thinking you'd enjoy some vintage pirate fun.  Well, you'll be finding that in Pugwash Aloft by John Ryan.

Have ya got an older sister?  One way or the other you'll find Dirty Joe, the Pirate: A True Story by Bill Harley, pictures by Jack E. Davis quite true indeed.  And quite funny if I do say so meself.

And last (but not least) we've got Pirates Don't Change Diapers & How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long pictures by David Shannon.  Last year me mate Whitney introduced me to this here holiday.  Here's the link. She spoke of How I Became a Pirate at that time.  But take it from me, it's worth mentioning agin!  (I daresay they're the best pirate book for kids ever written... but that's just me humble opinion.)

Shiver me timbers!!!  Enough talk of books and such.  Who has time fer all that anyway with decks to swab, villages to plunder and treasure to bury!  
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                                                         (aka Ruthless Robyn)

PS If ya like to be teased relentlessly by others with whom ya abide, pick up a copy of Vampirates by Justin Somper.  I've spent me fair share of time reading this series as well.  And I've endured a fair amount of ridicule fer it (thanks to me loving husband).  The way I sees it, these books fill me need for pirates and vampires all in one, and really- could I ask for more?

This post is linked to the Children's Bookshelf.

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