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Shiver Me Timbers!: Pirate Poems & Paintings

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  190 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Arrrgh you ready for this jaunty collection of pirate poems and paintings?

Ahoy mateys—it’s time to hoist up the anchors and set sail with a pack of pesky pirates! In this hilarious collection of nineteen poems, readers will meet scoundrels, scalawags, and scurvy dogs (human and canine). They’ll partake in battles, treasure hunts, and some pirate-style grub (flounder, anyon
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Beach Lane Books
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Aug 03, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, poetry
A pirate poetry collection by a master poet and a lively artist making a winning combination. The poems are nicely organized by pirate theme (terminology, code of conduct, names, skill sets, meals, fortune-seeking, the flag, etc). Here's a short one that gives you the feel:

Licensed pirate: pirvateer
Ruthless pirate: buccaneer
Aim of the pirate: comandeer
Rule of the pirate: have no fear.

Recommended for schools and libraries, as well as a great gift book for young'uns with a pencha
Jul 03, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
Fun variety of poems about pirates with detailed fun illustrations.
Samantha Drezek
Oct 26, 2016 Samantha Drezek rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
1) N/A
2) Kindergarten to 2nd Grade
3) This is a collection of poems about pirates. Everything from a pirate's clothing to the food that pirates eat. The book is also filled with illustrations of pirate life.
4) This is a cute book for any child that is interested in pirates. I read the poems in a pirate voice (argh!). Overall, the illustrations were fabulously done and I felt the poems were funny and entertaining.
5) You could use these poems in a school setting by introducing some vocabulary words
Kaitlyn Craig
Jan 17, 2017 Kaitlyn Craig rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
I did not really like this book, I think because pirates are not really a thing for me. I was having a hard time staying engaged throughout since it was not a topic I really think about and most kids do not either. There was a good variety of different text, describing what pirates do normally and what they are. I was just not really passionate about the topic, therefore I had a hard time reading the book.
Jan 09, 2017 Katherine rated it liked it
There were a lot of poems in this book. If you are in B.O.B it is hard to remember all that happened in the poems.
Banner Rodgers
Jan 16, 2017 Banner Rodgers rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Great poems!
Mar 05, 2014 Kjsmit11 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: smith-grades-3-5
This book was so cute! I love the fact that each individual poem had its now title and pictures. The illustrations in this book were incredible. There was so much detail in each picture and I think students would love looking at the pictures as they read the poems. As the title implies, the book contains poems that are all about pirates. However, each poem is different in its own way. Most poems in this book rhyme, which I think is important for students to read and understand them better. I als ...more
Laura Mcclanahan
Oct 19, 2013 Laura Mcclanahan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 544
Genre- Children's Poetry

What an incredibly cute book! It is a collection of what pirates eat, say, wear, do, and how they travel- basically, the life of a pirate! Each poem is accompanied by colorful and vivid cartoons of pirates of all shapes and sizes.

For younger grades, this book is very appropriate in that it uses humor and rhyme to capture its audiences (one pirate discusses all the ways of being punished, but the worst is being forced to "eat me peas"). At the same time, this book would be
Jan 09, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
This collection of 19 short poems employs stereotypical pirate-speak to describe all aspects of a pirate’s life, and manages to be instructive (“The Pirates’ Code of Conduct” states, “It’s best to yell/And blest to smell”) and informative (“Pirate Patter” defines some of the most-often-used pirate vocabulary), as well as witty (“A pirate’s life is topsy-turvy,/Full of strife and rife with scurvy”) and entertaining (“At night we navigate by starrr!/We’re hard as nails with many a scarrr!”). The i ...more
Jul 26, 2013 Stacey rated it really liked it
Florian, D. (2012). Shiver me timbers: Pirate poems and paintings. New York, NY: Beach Lane Books.

Poetry: Shiver Me Timbers (2012) by Douglas Florian, an energetic and lively book of poetry looking at the lives of pirates, captivated my children and gave them an appreciation for poetry. While no two poems are alike, Florian delves into the language, habits, and heroes of the pirate world (one poem depicts Blackbeard writing a letter to his mom). Robert Neubecker’s illustrations cause children an
Emily Holter
May 01, 2014 Emily Holter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Another great poetry book by Douglas Florian! Kindergarten and 1st grade students will especially love this pirate poetry book. There are nineteen funny poems in this book that will have children laughing along as they read. I chose this book for younger elementary students because this book doesn't contain a lot of advanced words. It provides poems that rhyme and tell about pirates.

The poems all sound like a pirate is speaking, too. It tells where pirates live, what they wear, how the talk, an
Sep 17, 2013 Clarcy rated it really liked it
Shiver Me Timbers by Douglas Florian is obviously a book about pirates. Each opening contains a little poem pertaining to pirates behavior. The illustrations are done in India watercolor and then digitally enhanced.
The context of the book is mostly encouraging and explaining pirate behavior, both for little boys and girls. Some of the illustrations include girl pirates, which I liked. The little poems are very interesting, as they are written in the jargon if pirate and they teach children what
Dec 01, 2014 John added it
This well-written poem explores the adventures of young pirates, along with their antics. Shiver Me Timbers is a great book to introduce poetry to children, making it fun and eventful. The illustrations give the reader a child-like feeling when exposed to the vibrant colors and little detail. The characters are even painted with watercolor to add a sense of casual to the already casual pirate scenes. Every page is filled with colorful artwork and a short poem describing the life of a pirate, suc ...more
The Library Lady
Oct 06, 2012 The Library Lady rated it really liked it
Fair warning to those of you who plan to read this to the pre-school set--while the Robert Neumbecker pictures are a delight, the texts are long, wordy and filled with the sort of things moms and sensitive library types (code word:"scrotum) will dislike, such as lack of personal hygiene and discussions of puking.

For these exact reasons, these poems will be great for the school age students. I am very relieved that this is cataloged as a book of poetry rather than a picture book. Treat it accordi
Jeanne Williams
Lively collections about everything from pirate's weapons, to their diet, to their patter (pillage, scurvy dog, heave to, etc.). Poems and illustrations are humorous and full of surprises--one two-page spread has you turn the page vertically to see a pirate in full regalia with a movie camera filming him. The celebration end with a poem titled, A Pirate's LIfe, that concludes "Fights are settled by a duel./No vacations, as a rule./Days of boring life at sea--/A pirate's life is not for me. A per ...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Some of the poems are fun but the entire books seems a bit odd for kids- the poems mix the grubby and violent realistic pirates with only touches of the comical, sanitizes version typically used for kids. The pictures are a bit heavy with the thick, dark outlines too. Although they sometimes contain women and racial minorities, I'm surprised that it's still white men typically portrayed, especially in active and power roles. However, my daughter has requested a pirate poem more than once and I d ...more
Nov 06, 2014 Leah rated it it was amazing
The collections of semi nonsensical funny poems with a pirate theme made me laugh. The poems were frolicking and all had to do with pirating things. The illustrations were bright and colorful and matched the comicalness of the poems. A great book for boys and girls who are not into flowers and princesses or who find poetry intimidating or hard to understand.

Recommended age 5-8
Reading Level 2nd – 3rd grade
Pam P
Jul 14, 2013 Pam P rated it it was amazing
Doug Florian's poems beg to be read out loud! Read "Me, Pirate" and you will have students joining in with you in no time! Fun, rollicking, rhyming poetry to capture may children with illustrations perfect for pirate lovers! Notice the great vocabulary Florian uses in his poetry - an added bonus!
A more fun/funny poetry collection than some I've read of late. Will appeal to pirate lovers. Some of the poems I liked and the rest just didn't get to me because pirates are not my favorite subject. The illustrations could be both funny and gross (sorry--holes in teeth make me cringe).

A fun choice in the Beehive poetry nominees.
Sep 16, 2012 Becky rated it it was amazing
I loved this one. I just LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this pirate-themed poetry book by Douglas Florian featuring pirates drawn by Robert Neubecker. My favorite poems were "Pirates Wear Patches", "Me, Pirate," and "Pirates Pirate." Though I did enjoy each poem in this one. The poems in this one almost beg to be read aloud and shared with others.
Sep 19, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-picture-books
Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day, mateys! (Sept 19) The images are delightful and filled with lots of small details (like a rat dressed like a pirate - eye patch and cutlass tied to its waist!) and the poems are terrific to read aloud because of the rich word play. It's a treasure trove of a pirate's life!
Children's Literature Project
Oct 29, 2013 Children's Literature Project rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
No level information available. The publishing company recommends it for ages 6-10 (Grades 1-5).

This book is a collection of rhyming poems about pirates. Topics covered include what pirates eat, life on a pirate ship and pirate codes of conduct. Pirate lingo is also presented.

This book is great for second grade and teaching a lesson about pirates.
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Arr! Who doesn't enjoy a good pirate book?

It's quick read it you're looking for snippets to enjoy. It is a perfect book for Talk Like a Pirate Day. The poems are one page and humorous, so readers of all ages will enjoy it.

Reviewed from a library copy.


Snowbie's Poem: Turtle Day
Feb 03, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
The best poetry ever? Maybe not but but this gloriously illustrated collection of pirate poetry is fun and exactly what young readers enjoy. A great addition to school library collections, this is sure to attract the attention of pirate loving readers.
Mar 25, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it
This book of poems about all things pirates is a 2014 Beehive Nominee. There were fun illustrations for each poem, and in true Douglas Florian fashion they were fun to read. Kids who love pirates will love Shiver Me Timbers!
Nov 26, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it
Fun illustrations and even more fun poems. Can't wait to share this one with my students. Would be a great book to read on International Talk Like a Pirate Day. :)
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
pirate fans will love this book of poetry which will be out just in time for speak like a pirate day
Karen Arendt
Oct 30, 2012 Karen Arendt rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Not my favorite collection of poetry by Douglas Florian, but it will certainly appeal to pirate fans.
Feb 24, 2015 Erin rated it it was amazing
A perfect introduction to poetry for the rowdier crew, this lively book is chock-full of sea faring silliness. We absolutely love it!
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