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Book Review: How to Be a Pirate

May 18, 2020 0 comments

How to Be a Pirate by Isaac Fitzgerald
From Miss Caroline at the Main Library

Young CeCe wants to play pirates with the neighborhood boys, but they tell her she can't be a pirate. So what does she do? She seeks out her grandpa, who has actually been on a boat before, and probably knows everything there is to know about pirates. Grandpa also has tattoos, which pirates have, too. One by one, Grandpa shows CeCe his colorful tattoos and teaches her that pirates must be BRAVE and QUICK, have FUN, and be INDEPENDENT! But above all, a pirate must have LOVE! After her talk with Grandpa, CeCe quickly returns to the neighborhood boys and shows that she has all the qualities a pirate needs to be successful, and they can't help but be impressed with her commitment.

The illustrations start off with muted browns, greens, and reds and get progressively more colorful and bright as CeCe's grandpa reveals each tattoo and the story that goes with it. While this is not an instruction manual for how a child can become a pirate, it is a great story that reassures children that they can be whatever they want to be, even if others say they cannot. 

How to Be a Pirate by Isaac Fitzgerald (who looks a bit like a pirate, himself!) will quickly become a favorite for children everywhere as they learn to stand up for themselves and overcome obstacles with help from trusted family members and special loved ones.

Watch the author talk about his own tattoos, discuss pirates, and share his book online!


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