You can take When I Was a Pirate with you can take this book with a shot of rum and coke and say it is a true whale of a tail. Or you can believe that the grandfather has had some far out times in his life. I mean, does the grandfather in the story tell the truth? Was he a grand old pirate in his youth? (Tattoos seem to confirm this.) Or is he just diving deep into a bit of exaggeration? I would like to think it is the first (after all it seems like it you be fun to ride giant seahorses) but I am sure he is just telling his grandchildren about a life well lived instead of actually one in which he hosted the mainsail and swashed his buckle!
Tom Silson, either way, made a nice read-aloud to grandchildren, your children or even a classroom. This story is about adventure, having fun and letting you know that grandpa did not always walk slow with a cane, he was once young and adventurous, too. It is also about making your own memories by yourself, siblings, grandparents, or friends.
And with the illustrations of Ewa Poklewska-Koziello you will see the maps, adventures and times come to life. Bold colors, semi-realistic style and busy detailed pages create the feeling of excitement and make the grandfathers stories real as when they happened.
Good for one-on-one reading, or even a group, this book (Due in July 2022) is a book that is a fun year-round read for ages three and up.