Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup illustrated by Matt Tavares

Product Description
What if a brave Captain Cookie stood up to Santa? A fresh, funny story that sparkles with all the excitement of a pirate adventure — and all the magic of Christmas morning.

It’s Christmas Eve, and Jim and his mother are making pirate gingerbread men to leave for Santa. Jim’s favorite is Captain Cookie, who carries a gingerbread cutlass and has a toothpick peg leg. The captain is much too good to be eaten, so Jim keeps him close by his bed. But late that night, when Jim is fast asleep, Captain Cookie steptaps away on a daring adventure to find his pirate crew — and rescue them from that mysterious character he’s heard about: a cannibal named Santa Claus. At once contemporary and timeless, suspenseful and joyous, this masterfully illustrated tale is destined to be a new holiday classic.

My thoughts:
My son received this book for Christmas and it has become a favorite in our house. Each of the pirate cookies is a little different and Captain Cookie's brave journey down the many cliffs (which are stairs) and across the floor to his crew really reaches into their imagination. When Santa comes, instead of eating the cookies, he turns them into real wooden pirates on a ship for Jim to see on Christmas morning. It was like a touch of The Velveteen Rabbit in a Christmas story. I can see this being a favorite. We usually put our Christmas books away after the holiday but this one is still on our living room bookshelf. I hate to take it away while my children are still enjoying it!

Product details:
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Candlewick (September 8, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0763632236
ISBN-13: 978-0763632236
Scholastic Paperback

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