Friday, October 26, 2012

Shiver Me Timbers! Pirate Poems and Paintings

Shiver Me Timbers!  Pirate Poems and Paintings
by Douglas Florian, illustrated by Robert Neubecker
Beach Lane Books, 2012.  Unpaged.  Poetry

     Douglas Florian is a name to conjure with in children's poetry---the best of the best. And he hits the mark once again with poems about pirates. "Pirate Patter" is by way of being a pirate glossary:  "Pillage means to raid or seize.  There is no pirate word for please."  Florian's poems with Neubecker's bright, child-pleasing illustrations tell the story of the pirate who buried treasure in his youth but when he comes back for it, the X marking the spot is gone and he has forgotten where it is. The markings on pirate flags are also explained: "Heart pierced by a knife;/ Best fear fer your life!
 . . . Two bones that are crossed:/ All soon will be lost! . . . Half a skeleton's head/ We ran out of white thread!"  Bound to please aspiring young pirates, of whom there be many score, this book would make a grand read-aloud, fun for grownups and kids alike.

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