By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire
Every year on September 19th, you can celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day. This is the 10th anniversary of this new “holiday” which has gained prominence due to columnist Dave Barry mentioning the phenomenon of the yearly event. Now folks all over the globe take time to talk like pirate. Check out the official site here http://www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html
To get in the spirit, here are a few ways to celebrate the holiday!
1. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. For ages 10 on up. This one has to be first because whether you know it or not, pretty much EVERYTHING you think about pirates, every stereotype, comes from this book. Long John Silver with his peg leg, a search for buried treasure, pirate language, mutiny, you name it, Stevenson created it. Stevenson made pirates cool criminals, and the world has never recovered.
2. How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long. For ages 3 to 7. This picture book is a fun romp where an ordinary little boy gets adopted into a pirate crew for a short time. Great pictures and a rollicking tale make this one a great read aloud.
3. Pirateology by Captain William Lubber. For ages 5 and up. A compendium of pirate lore, with plenty of flaps to lift and read and look at and finger. Better for browsing fun than a straight read through, but kids will pore over it for hours.
4. A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade by James Preller. For ages 4 to 7. A hilarious story of a boy attacking his way through first grade talking and thinking like a pirate. Avast!
5. The Unsinkable Walker Bean by Aaron Renier. For ages 8 and up. This graphic novel follows Walker Bean on a quest to return a cursed skull to some witches, but there’s a hefty dose of pirate adventure! This swashbuckling story will suck in the most reluctant of readers.
6. The Pirate Cruncher by Jonny Duddle. For ages 5 to 8. An enchanted pirate crew heads off to find a huge treasure…but there’s a surprise in store when they arrive! A fun picture book that has a funny and unexpected twist.
7. Treasure Planet. An animated retelling of Treasure Island set in the future. Instead of the Seven Seas, the characters sail in space, and we have a mash up of aliens instead of humans, but this is extremely well executed. It follows the book very closely and the relationship between Jim and Long John Silver is played as a boy longing for a father figure and it tugs the heartstrings. Good stuff.
8. Pirates of the Caribbean. If your kids can handle the violence (and these days, what kids can’t?) and intense action, this is the best funny pirate adventure of all time. Clever and far better than the sequels (please, please, stop making them!).
9. The Pirates: Band of Misfits. The creators of Wallace and Gromit create a wry and funny film of Pirate Captain and his quest to become Pirate of the Year, a plan that goes quite far awry. There’s as much in it for parents as kids, for when is the last time you can recall Queen Victoria and Charles Darwin playing villains?
If you can’t get in the spirit with one of these books or movies, just remember that all you have to do to celebrate the holiday is talk like a pirate! So crank out an “Avast me heartie!” when you buy your coffee or an “Arrrr!” when the train is late, and you’ll be right in style.
|Noelle has been a children’s librarian for over 15 years. She’s also been a student teacher, worked as an online account manager, worked in a pet shop and as a supermarket checkout clerk, and as a dishwasher and fry cook. She is the proud mom of a beautiful daughter. You can read more of Noelle’s book reviews at Rave Reviews Log
Noelle can be reached at “Noelle @ DadDoes.Com”
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