How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long

Gina Crosley-Corcoran
May 14, 2010

If there is one thing that kids love, it's a good pirate tale. But who can blame them? With their mischief-making, treasure-hunting, and sea-faring adventures, the pirate life can sound like a pretty sweet gig to a kid dealing with bedtimes, vegetable dinners, and homework to boot.  In How I Became a Pirate, Jeremy Jacobs gets to experience the pirate life firsthand for the day, sailing out into the ocean in search of a place to bury the latest booty. Jeremy finds that pirates do not have bed times. Pirate ships carry no vegetables aboard. And pirates certainly never have to do homework, though they do have to swab the deck every so often. Jeremy Jacobs has the time of his life until he discovers that, while the pirates won't make him brush his teeth, they also won't tuck him into bed at night either. They won't read him bedtime stories, and they definitely will not hold him tight when the ship runs into a storm. Jeremy misses his family and decides that the pirate life is not all it's cracked up to be. In this humorous and lovable adventure, children learn lessons about the majesty of freedom and the security of family, all framed in a language that gives the power of choice to the child. The tale is long enough to qualify for a good bedtime story, and the rich illustrations by David Shannon will captivate even the littlest readers.

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