Shiver Me Timbers!: Pirate Poems & Paintings
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Shiver Me Timbers!: Pirate Poems & Paintings

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  136 ratings  ·  35 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 pira...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Beach Lane Books
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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...more
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
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
Fun variety of poems about pirates with detailed fun illustrations.
Laura Mcclanahan
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...more
Emily Holter
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
Lauren White
Good for grades 1-5.
Some language not following school code and some violent illustrations.
The Library Lady
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...more
Children's Literature Project
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.
Sep 16, 2012 Becky rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
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.
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.
Alexander Jones
Read for Beehive Award nominations.
Cute Poems, and lots of fun.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Bill Falcone
This clever funny collection of poems would make any landlubber laugh even while walking the plank.
Very inventive and original indeed mates. All hands on deck for this very fun book experience.
Cool poems and fun illustrations! Love the pirate theme!
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. :)
Great poems for kids who love pirates! Douglas Florian strikes again with his clever word-play, and Robert Neubecker backs it up with fun artwork.
Fun pirate poetry -- could just as easily be catalogued in the pirate category as there really is some good pirate info in there.
Great book for pirate lovers and a fun read aloud. Adults and kids will appreciate the silliness found in many of the verses.
Mariah Christensen
The pictures were funny, but I didn't enjoy most of the poems. The words were too repetitive throughout the book.
Fun and informative! Pirate life is presented in lyrical rhyme and full page color illustrations. Highly recommended!
Karen Arendt
Not my favorite collection of poetry by Douglas Florian, but it will certainly appeal to pirate fans.
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
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