The Gingerbread Pirates

Kristin Kladstrup, Author, Matt Tavares, Illustrator , illus. by Matt Tavares. Candlewick $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7636-3223-6

A boy makes a gingerbread pirate crew on Christmas Eve; his mom leaves most of the pirates for Santa, but the boy takes the captain to his room. As the boy sleeps, the captain—sporting a ruffled shirt made of icing and a toothpick peg leg—makes his way downstairs (“Where's my crew? he wondered. And who's this Santa Claus who wants to eat them? ”). Luckily, Santa ends up being a friend who gives the pirates a ship of their own. Swashbuckling gusto and a poignant finish should make this a new favorite. Ages 4–10. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 10/26/2009
Release date: 09/01/2009
Hardcover - 32 pages - 978-0-7636-6233-2
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