This Christmas when grandparents asked for gift suggestions – I decided to add several books to the list. It’s winter, we are inside ALL the time, and needed to spice up our bookshelves. How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long is one of our new additions, and simply a gem!
Illustrated by David Shannon, the cover immediately intrigued my four year old son. This book just screams “boy”. Each page is full of bright, vibrant and action-packed images that keep him engaged and asking questions. This really is an important factor when I choose books for my toddlers, who typically have a shorter attention span!
How I Became a Pirate follows Jeremy Jacob and his glimpse into the life of a pirate. A day at the beach turns into a wild ride with Captain Braid Beard and his pirate crew. He learns a new pirate lingo including fun words like “scurvy dog”, and learns that pirates don’t eat veggies or have good manners. All seems fun until it’s time for bed and “pirates don’t tuck” or read bedtime stories…and he really needs to get back for soccer practice.
What do I love most about this book? It’s a fun read that will fascinate your child and prove that parents aren’t so bad after all!