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Young Jeremy Jacob is plucked from obscurity while innocently constructing a sand castle and is thrust into a brand-new life as a pirate. Captain Braid Beard and his crew recognize Jeremy as an exceptionally talented digger and they happen to be in desperate need of a digger to help them bury a treasure chest. Jeremy thinks a pirate life sounds like fun, as long as hes back the next day in time for soccer practice, and so he goes along with the ragtag group of seafaring thugs (with hearts of gold, naturally). And while Jeremy adores the pirates lack of table manners and opposition to vegetables, he comes to realize that a life away from his parents lacks some of the niceties to which hes become accustomed. Nobody tucks him in at night, for instance, and the only book available to read is a treasure map. Melinda Longs story, narrated with a sense of boastful exaggeration by Jeremy, is full of a sense of high adventure that's lovingly evocative of Robert Louis Stevensons classic tales. David Shannon's illustrations, full of a goofy vibrancy, are a perfect accompaniment to the story. (Ages 4 to 8) --John Moe
PreSchool-Grade 3-Long has selected an irresistible combination for this age group-pirates and soccer. Jeremy Jacob is building a sand castle when a pirate ship lands nearby. His parents are preoccupied with other chores, so he takes off for an adventure on the high seas to help the men bury their treasure chest. He learns that buccaneers don't bother with manners or bedtimes, which is just fine with him, but it also means no bedtime stories or being tucked in. He tries to teach the pirates to play soccer, at least until the ball gets swallowed by a shark. When a storm hits, forcing the crew to return to shore, Jeremy solves the dilemma of where to bury the treasure-in his own backyard. He even makes it home in time for soccer practice. Paired with Shannon's energetic acrylics of a colorful crew of pop-eyed, snaggly toothed pirates seen from a variety of zany viewpoints (including upside down) and a small boy who is clearly having the time of his life, this rollicking adventure is sure to be a favorite with the storytime crowd.
Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA
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I bought this book for my six year old grandson who is a pirate fanatic. He loved the story and could relate to it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Lynn Robertson
Really fun pirate story....check out the sequel when the pirates come back to visit! We liked it even better! "Pirates Don't Change Diapers"Published on July 5 2013 by Ben and Kate
My seven year old and I love this book. The large pages and vibrant drawings engage you immediately. Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2008 by Karen Harnish
Great Book! My 4 year old daughter wants to hear this book every night! So Cute! Buy It your child will love itPublished on June 15 2004
I bought this book for my 3 y.o. son this past February. It has by far become not only his favorite book but the favorite book of my five year old daughter. Read morePublished on June 8 2004
This book is great. I ran out and bought it as soon as I heard it for the first time. This book won the Golden Trap Award winner for all of the islands in our area. Read morePublished on May 31 2004 by Jenna
My 6 yr. old son has recently become interested in pirates and this book is adorable. The author tells us about the pirates'lack of personal hygiene, rules, and most... Read morePublished on May 15 2004 by Nevin Garrett
This is my 4-year-old son's favorite book. He even tries to brush his teeth extra good so they don't turn green --like a pirate's teeth.Published on March 18 2004
Jeremy, probably feeling a little neglected on the beach, goes off with a band of pirates. He feels his parents won't mind as as long as he is back in time for soccer practice the... Read morePublished on March 7 2004 by ardnam