Ahoy, me hearties! Set your goggles double quick on this jolly good book: A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade, written by the old salt James Preller and illustrations by Greg Ruth that’ll shiver yer timbers. OK, yes, International Talk Like a Pirate Day was eleven days ago, but I didn’t discover this treasure in time. Besides, who says you can only talk like a pirate one day a year, right? This delightful picture book is an account of a young boy’s first day in school, told from his point of view completely in pirate jargon. The illustrations are terrific, too, showing the ghostly pirate crew in the boy’s imagination as he gets ready for school, rides the bus and gets tuckered out from schoolwork. The best part? The end pages have a “Pirate’s Vocabulary” with all the words used throughout the book so that your kids can start talking like pirates themselves!
My kids had fun with this one, particularly my six-year-old who would stop me to ask what everything meant. A couple more times through this and maybe she’ll talk about “shining her choppers” after having some “grub and grog.”
If you love pirates and you’ve got a kid starting school, take a look for A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade — it’s a fun treat!