A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade

James Preller, illus. by Greg Ruth, Feiwel and Friends, $16.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-312-36928-6
This rambunctious first day tale is fit for any young buccaneer. Leading an imaginary crew who are drawn in pale pencil, the red-haired protagonist shines his “snappers” (brushes his teeth), breakfasts on grub and grog, and boards the “great, grand jolly boat” (also known as the school bus), journeying to meet his teacher: “Silver was her name, and a fine old salt was she!” The pirates are ever-present companions, sharing in the ups and downs of the day (“We counted and spelled ’till we nearly dropped, brain-addled and weary”). Preller’s buoyant pirate-inflected storytelling and Ruth’s illustrations, which have a decidedly vintage flair, form an exuberant tribute to imagination and a spirit of adventure. Ages 3–6. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/26/2010
Release date: 07/01/2010
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