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PAJAMA PIRATES by Andrew Kramer

PAJAMA PIRATES

By Andrew Kramer (Author) , Leslie Lammle (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-125194-8
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Nighttime is the right time for adventurous children to sail the high seas in this sweet bedtime book. As the moon rises, three kids step aboard their trusty boat to search for treasure. Along the way they encounter some pirate scoundrels and win the day, only to return to their beds to continue their adventures in their dreams. Kramer’s gentle text takes children to the edges of adventure then brings them home again. Alas, poor text layout in one spread means that some readers will have difficulty parsing where his rhymes are meant to fall. “Then through the fog, /  a cannon blast rips the sail / and splits the mast,” will be intuitive after a second reading, but it’s not immediately clear. That said, Lammle’s blue-infused watercolors compensate for this and more, providing her button-nosed buccaneers (and their dog) plenty of action followed by sweet victory. She also tips her hat to that other bedtime adventurer, Little Nemo, with full-faced moons and sleep-based adventures. A swell choice for small pirate adventurers ready to clash swords from the comfort of their own beds. (Picture book. 4-8)