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Cover Art: Charlotte Jane Battles Bedtime
Charlotte Jane Battles Bedtime
By Myra Wolfe
Illustrated by Maria Monescillo
Harcourt Children’s Books, 2011, ISBN 978-0-15-206150-0, US $16.99

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From the moment of her birth, Charlotte Jane the Hearty has formidable oomph. Her first words weren’t “momma” or “dada”, but “en garde” – just what every pirate needs to learn. She swashbuckles, hunts for treasure, and has bold adventures all day long, but when her pirate parents suggest it’s time for bed, Charlotte Jane disagrees.  That’s what landlubbers do. Then one day she loses her formidable oomph and embarks on a search to regain it.
 
This is a delightful story for young pirates and will quickly become their favorite book to have their pirate parents read before bed. The language invites participation, while the story teaches the value of having a good night’s sleep. The artwork is fabulous, capturing the essence of piracy without incorporating its dark side. And there are so many objects for young pirates to find – for example a one-eyed Teddy bear, a bed shaped like a pirate ship – they will peruse the illustrations again and again. (What makes this book more special? This pirate is a girl!)

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