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Sloop John B: A Pirate's Tale

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Alan Jardine, a member of the original Beach Boys, has written a fun-filled pirate adventure based on the classic folk song Sloop John B. A young boy and his grandfather get trapped by pirates at sea, but triumphantly defeat the pirate and his crew!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Milk & Cookies Press
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Jan 12, 2009 Stephanie rated it liked it
I chose Sloop John B: A Pirate's Tale, by Grammy-award winner Alan Jardine (of the Beach Boys), because I love the Beach Boys song. This is a revised version of the song for children, about a little boy and his grandfather, who while sailing on the Sloop John B encounter some dastardly pirates. I liked that I could sing the words to my daughter to the melody of the Beach Boys song, but I found the plot a little lacking. Once again, I found no internal conflict in the characters in the book. The ...more
Very cute--lovely illustrations, and as "Sloop John B" is clearly the best Beach Boys song ever, I was already predisposed to like this (although the altered lyrics and the way the words on the CD don't exactly match what's written in the book weirded me out a little at first). In this version, Jardine has made it a story about a boy and his grandfather who are boarded by pirates but then manage to get the upper hand and win the day (which is much more kid-friendly and entertaining than boy and ...more
Jenni Frencham
Jul 18, 2016 Jenni Frencham rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-book
The art, the text size are appropriate for preschool. The rhymes, though: "The pirate/ he got the fits/ And threw away my grits." Really? If the gentle rhyming text had made sense, this would be a perfect storytime book. As it is, though, it won't be joining my storytime during Pirate Week in September.
Oct 29, 2014 Ina rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime-reads
The text is based on the lyrics of the song "Sloop John B" made famous by the Beach Boys - with pirates thrown in. The book comes with a CD of the author singing it - so you can let your audience listen to the book while you turn pages. The illustrations are fun and colorful. Fun, read - or sing - aloud.
Kellie Fronk
Sep 12, 2016 Kellie Fronk rated it really liked it
Creative and fun book. I would use this in the classroom to help students understand the vocabulary associated with different themes. I think it's also fun to practice reading in different poetry verses.
Feb 24, 2008 Carin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
I did a project for school on this book a few years ago, and have loved it since! THe book comes with a CD of the text to a song and my kids have the song memorized!
Emerson and Theodore
Oct 03, 2012 Emerson and Theodore rated it did not like it
Shelves: library-books
Just because you're a Beach Boy founding member DOES NOT mean you can write a children's book!
Jan 20, 2008 Deanna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with boys that loves pirates
This book is a very fun children's book that my boys loved!It is the words to a famous Beach Boy song put to great pictures!
Jul 09, 2015 Jill rated it really liked it
I like this adaptation of the old Beach Boys song! It makes a lot more sense to me than the song did when I was a kid! Ha! Great illustrations, too.
Jan 24, 2008 Jobie rated it it was amazing
GREAT book w/ read and sing along CD. Andrew liked it so much that he decided to cut it with scissors! And subsequently, we bought it from the library.
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Mar 24, 2017 Briana Warner rated it liked it
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fun story to share with the kids! I read it aloud this week and played the beach boys song for the kids before I read it to give them context and to help them make connections with the text. Imaginative and engaging!
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Apr 22, 2011 Courtney rated it liked it
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Love the illustrations and the grandpa character, but I didn't care for the verse.
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