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The Word Pirates

2.94  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  14 reviews
A ravenous band of pirates who eat words for breakfast gobble up the world's greatest stories. But never fear--the Word Wizard and the children she reads to are on the case!

Pirate Captain Rottingbones and his crew need breakfast. But these pirates can't have just any ordinary, they need nice, fresh WORDS. And where better to get them than stealing them straight
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Neal Porter Books
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A tribute to New Zealand storyteller Margaret Mahy, this picture book features pirates. One in particular, Captain Rottingbones, loves words and gobbles them up for breakfast every day. His minions follow his instructions and steal words from everywhere they can find them. When he learns of a Word Wizard in a faraway land, he heads off to gather more words and gobble them up. But she points out the error of his ways, stressing that words aren't meant for eating but for reading and writing. The p ...more
Erin Buhr
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
A true celebration of words disguised as a pirating adventure. This book is full of adventure and excitement, but it is also full of words and writers and books. The Word Pirates are pirates that eat words. They steal them from the pages of writers and books. When they meet the storytelling wizard in New Zealand however the old saying that the pen is mightier than the sword is put to the test. A genius pairing that twists our understanding of words and plays with language in the most entertainin ...more
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Whew! The Word Pirates is quite a book, with Bumblebirds who steal words "fresh off the page" to feed the pirates.
Captain Rottingbones ate long chewy words, like antidisestablishmentarianism. His crew liked short crunchy words like hop, fib, pop and zip. With milk.

Of course with words being stolen, stories don't make much sense.
The Word Pirates is a gem of words and bright busy pictures!

5 Stars for a fun book that celebrates words that make our beloved books.
Teresa Bateman
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
The crew of a pirate ship is notorious for looting not gold and jewels, but words. They chomp the words down, destroying people's stories and books. Alas, they meet their match in a New Zealand Word wizard who challenges them to battle and proves that the pen is, indeed, mightier than the sword. This is an imaginative tale by an award-winning author. Add in Steven Kellogg's detailed and humorous illustrations and you have a great combo!
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
There seem to be a lot books lately about missing words or letters and how we solve that problem. Sometimes I think it is the author trying to fight through writers block but I don't know given this author is prolific as is the illustrator. I am going to share it with my second grade classrooms and see what their reaction is....stay tuned.
Hooks: pirates, words, travel. vegetable, story, imagination
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
A vocabulary-rich celebration of reading and the power of words.
Edward Sullivan
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Pirates insatiably ravenous for words.
Jun 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: a-owns, arc, picture-books
Note: I received an F&G of this book from the publisher at ALA Annual 2019.
Nov 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good book of adventure through words.
This is a carefree, fun book.
Mary Lee
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, picture-book
The pen is mightier than the sword.
Engel Dreizehn
The concept of "eating" words was interesting.
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Susan Cooper was born in 1935, and grew up in England's Buckinghamshire, an area that was green countryside then but has since become part of Greater London. As a child, she loved to read, as did her younger brother, who also became a writer. After attending Oxford, where she became the first woman to ever edit that universi