I love Aliens Love Underpants. That book just makes me oh-so-happy. So once again I am excited to see another one in this series. It isn’t quite as fu...moreI love Aliens Love Underpants. That book just makes me oh-so-happy. So once again I am excited to see another one in this series. It isn’t quite as funny as the alien edition…but there is still room for swash-buckling fun. In fact, the pirates are looking for the treasure of all treasures (some golden underpants). In order to get them they have to cut out the elastic on some other underpants. So if you ever wonder if your underpants elastic is not stretchy enough…it just might be the fault of an underpants pirate.(less)
A group of pirates are sent an invitation to a birthday party. They are pretty excited to go; however, Pete, the pirate parrot, informs the pirates th...moreA group of pirates are sent an invitation to a birthday party. They are pretty excited to go; however, Pete, the pirate parrot, informs the pirates that he knows parties. Pete will not allow the pirates to go to the party without taking a bath. Finally the pirates take a bath, but then Pete declares that they need new clothes. Once they are smartly dressed Pete informs them that their choice for birthday presents (a saber, a rope, a wooden leg, and a cannon) are not appropriate gifts for a little girl’s birthday. Finally Pete declares that the pirates are ready for the party. Unfortunately once they get to the party Polly will not allow them in. She wanted pirates (who everyone knows “have dirty feet, filthy clothes, and shaggy hair”). So the pirates hurry up to become pirates again…as well as teach Pete a lesson or two. This is a funny play on expectations and what it means to be a pirate. Kids who have often been forced to clean up for an occasion or two or who happen to love pirates will surly enjoy this comical story.(less)
On octopus named Burnt Beard the Pirate and his crew were looking for a new place to bury some treasure. (All the places along the coast were taken.)...moreOn octopus named Burnt Beard the Pirate and his crew were looking for a new place to bury some treasure. (All the places along the coast were taken.) So they decide to go to Old Cheyenne where no pirates have buried treasure before. However, there in Old Cheyenne lived Black Bob McKraw (a bull) and his “gang of rip-roarin’ rustlers”. When the pirate crew and the rustlers get together in Cheyenne there are some fireworks. (Mostly because they can’t understand each other so everything they say is taken as an insult of some sort or another.) Things almost take a turn for the worse until Pegleg Highnoon (a lizard of some sort). Pegleg tells each group what the others are saying. Then he tells them all that they have something in common–they all stink. Then after a whole lot of baths they all became friends.
This is a humorous tale about different groups that kids like (pirates and cowboys) coming together in an unusual way. I liked how each of the groups were very funny and couldn’t understand the pirate or the cowboy talk. Plus the illustrations have so many details that kids will spend loads of time just looking at all the different details. Kids who often have a hard time understanding others or being understood themselves will especially like how these groups finally get an interpreter to help them become friends.(less)
An old fiddler started singing about a huge treasure in a town with loads of pirates. Of course a group of pirates decided to go in search for said tr...moreAn old fiddler started singing about a huge treasure in a town with loads of pirates. Of course a group of pirates decided to go in search for said treasure. Even though the fiddler warned that this particular treasure was VERY dangerous to look for. But off the pirates went. While on the pirate ship, the fiddler started telling them more and more about the treasure (basically how it was even more dangerous to get than before). Apparently this treasure was guarded by a monster that ate pirates like snacks. Some of the pirates began wondering if they should turn back. But the pirate captain was especially greedy and decided to keep going…even after one of the pirate crew disappeared. Finally the pirates see the island with the treasure. And sure enough there is a large monster that is guarding it (the “island” is part of the monster after all). And all the pirates get eaten. Except for the fiddler. Who turns out to be the monster’s marionette…complete with strings. The fiddler then goes off to “sing” the tale about the treasure once more…
This is a funny tale, and there are so many great details in the illustrations. For example, the fiddler always has strings on him…but they aren’t as noticed until the end of the story. (Until you understand the end and then go back, then they are more prominent.) Elementary school kids will be especially delighted to see the cunning of the monster in finding his own meals. And the details of the crew and their changing reactions is pretty funny (if you aren’t too attached to pirates). Basically this is one of those stories that kids who feel the urge to cheer for the clever bad-guy will enjoy this one.(less)