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        Santa
Pirate Santa
By Clay “Talderoy” Clement and Mark “Cap’n Slappy” Summers
Illustrated by Juan “Jun” Alvarado

Studio City Tattoo, 2011, ISBN 978-1-4507-8585-3, US $19.95
(Also available as an audio book or a set)

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“Once upon the sea,” Cap’n Slappy becomes riled after Santa Claus tells Pirate Girl that she and others like her don’t deserve toys on Christmas.  After all, there are rules that say so. Nor does a visit to his cousin alter Santa’s mind. No matter how much he and Cap’n Slappy argue, Santa remains resolute. Everyone returns to the ship, sad and forlorn, until Papa Tal has an idea. Why not turn Cap’n Slappy into Santa Slappy? With the help of his crew, which also includes Ol’ Chumbucket, Mad Sally, and Stynky, that’s just what they do. Only two problems remain: Where will they get all the toys to give Pirate Girls and Ninja Boys? How will they deliver them in time?
 
This is a rollicking adventure book for Young Pirates and their parents. It’s filled with “pirattitude,” spunk, and ingenuity. Although the rhyme isn’t consistent throughout, the story begs to be shared aloud. The substitute reindeer are refreshing and surprising. The captivating artwork is so expressive, it’s easy to image youngsters imitating the frowns and smiles as they cheer on Pirate Santa and his “elves.” Even the page numbers are illustrated. Pirate Santa is sure to become a favorite of every Young Pirate that will be shared and read long after the pages become tattered like the edges of the pictures.
Jeff & Wilde
            MacKay reading Pirate SantaWilde MacKay
            holding book
(Left: Famous hat maker, Jeff MacKay, reads to his son.  Right: Young Pirate Wilde MacKay proudly displays his newfound treasure.)


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