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How I Became a Pirate
How I Became a Pirate
Author: Melinda Long, David Shannon (Illustrator)
When Braid Beard's pirate crew invites Jeremy Jacob to join their voyage, he jumps right on board. Buried treasure, sea chanteys, pirate talk--who wouldn't go along? Soon Jeremy Jacob knows all about being a pirate. He throws his food across the table and his manners to the wind. He hollers like thunder and laughs off bedtime. It's t...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780152018481
ISBN-10: 0152018484
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 44
Reading Level: Baby-Preschool
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.

4.4 stars, based on 34 ratings
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed How I Became a Pirate on + 15 more book reviews
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Adorable book about a boy that wants and becomes a pirate
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While at the beach, a young boy named Jeremy Jacob looks up from his sand castle to find a pirate ship approaching the beach. He tries to tell his family, but they are all too busy, and no one notices when the pirates pull up in their rowboat and ask Jeremy if they have reached the Spanish Main. When he says no, they are at North Beach, the pirate captain notices Jeremy's sandcastle. They need a good digger, so they invite Jeremy along with them to bury their treasure.

Life as a pirate starts out very exciting. Jeremy finds that pirate table manners don't include saying "please" or chewing with mouths closed. He doesn't have to eat vegetables (since there aren't any on board), and he even teaches the pirate crew how to play soccer before the ball ends up overboard in a shark's mouth.

After a hardy pillow fight, Jeremy heads to bed without brushing his teeth...but he can't sleep. Pirates don't tuck in, or read bedtime stories. And when a terrible storm hits the ship, Jeremy is forgotten in the chaos, and being a pirate isn't much fun anymore. He'll have to do some quick thinking to escape the ship and get back home in time for soccer practice the next day.

A hilarious read with goofy, guffaw-inducing illustrations, this whacky tale of a modern boy pirate teaches the important lesson that getting what you wish for is not always best. Even the bravest little pirates may realize after reading that a safe life at home, watching pirates in books and movies, may be more appealing than an actual life out at sea.
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reviewed How I Became a Pirate on + 4 more book reviews
This is a cute story for budding young pirates! There is also a sequel to this one that is a fun story too.
rltoon avatar reviewed How I Became a Pirate on + 7 more book reviews
My kids loved this book. They've all outgrown it now, but it's a very cute story and can be read again and again.
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Great Kids book! My little ones love it.
inthearctic avatar reviewed How I Became a Pirate on + 16 more book reviews
I have 3 boys and this book is one of our all time favorites. Funny text and very detailed illustrations. A must for any pirate lovers.
buzzby avatar reviewed How I Became a Pirate on + 6062 more book reviews
Maybe for kids older than Preschool.
mrsjtucker avatar reviewed How I Became a Pirate on + 24 more book reviews
Great book! The artwork is a funny! The storyline is hilarious! My 6 year old likes it a lot! I really love the imagination of Jeremy Jacob!