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Pirate Bob
By Kathryn Lasky

A successful middle-aged pirate, Bob favors a braided beard, snappy red-striped pants and the requisite gold hoop earring and bandana. Bob also has a very long scarred nose that has ways of telling him when he is near gold or warning him of a dangerous raid.

Bob, his friend Yellow Jack and a parakeet named Elaine go on an average pirate's night of work: attacking a ship, shooting cannons, throwing grappling hooks, dividing treasure and, finally, celebrating. Artfully hidden inside Pirate Bob are lessons in pirate lore, friendship and growing old gracefully, pirate-style.

This picture book is sure to delight pirate lovers 4 to 8 years old and anyone else with a hidden pirate heart. Large, bold and colorful illustrations and imaginative vocabulary (including pirate lingo such as cutlass, plunder, rogue, scurvy, gold, loot, galleon and right-ho) make this a fun reading-aloud experience.

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