Wednesday, April 26th, 2006
Book Review: How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
Title: How I Became a Pirate
Author: Melinda Long
Illustrator: David Shannon
Ages: 3 to 7
Plot: A pirate ship comes ashore and a young boy leaves his inattentive parents to go on an adventure. The gang eventually returns to bury treasure in the boy’s backyard. In the middle of the story the boy tries teaching the pirates to play soccer, until a shark eats the ball. At the end of the story the boy’s soccer uniform reveals his team name, "Pirates."
Reaction: David Shannon is my new favorite illustrator. His acrylic paintings are fantastic and I would love to see quite a few of them framed on my wall. They are fun, imaginative and capture the spirit of childhood.
Author Melinda Long has pulled together a decent story line with an added device for the storyteller. Every few pages a phrase is printed extra large, making it more visible in a group setting. These phrases are shouted by a group of roudy pirates in the story, and you can encourage your child or children to shout along too.