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PIRATES DON’T CHANGE DIAPERS by Melinda Long

PIRATES DON’T CHANGE DIAPERS

By Melinda Long (Author) , David Shannon (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: March 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-15-205353-0
Publisher: Harcourt

Though “pirates don’t change diapers. They don’t even change socks!” a crew of eye-patched, hook-handed knaves faces the challenge of diverting an unhappy toddler in this hilariously helter-skelter follow-up to How I Became A Pirate (2003). Showing up on the doorstep of young swabbie Jeremy Jacob to reclaim the treasure they had buried in his backyard in the previous episode, Captain Braid Beard and his scurvy tars first have to calm the fussing of little Bonney Anne—though that involves learning how to change a diaper, spooning out strained spinach (“Shiver me timbers! What be this vile-smelling swill?”) and rocking the tyke to sleep. Shannon pulls out all the stops, packing each crowded scene with frantic plug-uglies in gloriously detailed pirate garb, surrounding a deceptively cute urchin who’s in charge from first moment to last. Like Colin McNaughton’s similarly themed Captain Abdul’s Little Treasure (2006), this will engender rousing cheers from mateys of every stripe. (Picture book. 6-8)