PIRATE MOM by Deborah Underwood


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Age Range: 6 - 8
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A stock shtick receives a fresh, funny treatment in this reader for primary grades. When he learns that his wife is having a baby, the Amazing Marco abruptly ends his magic show and dashes to the hospital. But he’s just put Pete’s mom into a “hypno-trance” and turned her into a pirate at the avid boy’s suggestion. Pete can barely contain his mom’s antics as she, in head scarf and eye patch, challenges the mail carrier and the PTA. Kids will giggle as Pirate Mom reacts to Pete’s attempt to order her into the kitchen: “You scurvy lad! I will not!” Quick-thinking Pete tracks Marco down at the hospital, and there’s a funny spread with the magician cradling his new son (the “Fabulous Harold”), on whose bald head perches a tiny top hat. The contrite Marco obligingly re-hypnotizes Pete’s mom, and for their trouble, sends them a pair of tickets to his next magic show. Appealingly cartoony illustrations suit the silly fun: a winner. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: May 23rd, 2006
ISBN: 0-375-83323-4
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Random House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2006


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