Cindy Vallar, Editor & Reviewer
P.O. Box 425, Keller, TX 76244-0425
Books for Pirate Apprentices and Young Adults
For most people alphabet books cover mundane topics that everyone expects. Within the pages of A Li’l Pirate’s ABSeas, however, readers venture into the realm of the world of pirates where “A” represents words like “Ahoy,” “Avast,” and that piratical favorite, “Aarrr!” Since sea rogues can be somewhat brutish, Baur and Summers include this in their rhymes, but on a tone-downed scale since the book is for junior pirates. Each letter of the alphabet is illustrated with line drawings that can be colored.
My only dilemma with this book is the target audience. Most alphabet books are for young children, so older youngsters may be reluctant to open this one. The rhymes aren’t for the very young. Parents will have to decide whether this book is a good fit for their junior pirates.
The rhymes are engaging, funny, and educational, although “G” doesn’t quite work and “S” is so cryptic, it might have been best to stick just to “Scurvy” for this letter. Cooke does an excellent job transcribing the text into pictures. The illustrations are often humorous and show a true understanding of the swashbuckling life. Combined with the narrative, A Li’l Pirate’s ABSeas is a marvelous primer on how to be a pirate with attitude!
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