PIRATES EAT PORRIDGE by Christopher Morgan


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Age Range: 8 - 10
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Billy is the sort of boy who likes to sit in his treehouse and ponder the great questions: “Do clouds talk to each other? Do flying fish have nests? Who tells the tide to go out?” Billy is not the sort of boy who would be surprised to find a floating treasure map or have his sister Heidi announce the arrival of a pirate and a pig at his door. Soft-spoken Billy and no-nonsense Heidi negotiate the arrival of their demanding guest with a combination of cunning, understanding and acceptance. Along the way, they learn a lot about pirates, pirate school, seagulls, cabbage and porridge. New readers will appreciate the detailed and exuberant black-and-white illustrations, especially the exaggerated beard and head of the pirate and his “parrot,” who happens to look a lot like a pig. The silly, convoluted plot might be a bit much for a new reader, but the pictures go far to help comprehension. Fans of Lane Smith and Jon Scieszka will find lots to laugh at here. (Fiction. 8-10)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-59643-304-5
Page count: 80pp
Publisher: Neal Porter/Roaring Brook
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2007


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