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Pirates Go To School

Illustrated by John Manders

Published by
Orchard Books/ Scholastic
July, 2011

ISBN-10: 0545206294
ISBN-13: 978-0545206297

How to Get This Book

French Language Edition:
Pirates à l'école


Pirates and their parrots go to school, and it's time to hang up their swords and have fun. They learn reading and math, and they bring their pirate treasure for show-and-tell. For pirates, going to school is as much fun as a game of "walk the plank".


What would pirates do at school? The question is answered in rhyming verse and lighthearted cartoon images....Boldly colored scenes in watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil are paired with a nonthreatening ensemble, introducing imaginative readers to a typical school day. Details on each page encourage searching for images associated with these seafaring scoundrels–down to the school bus marked with a skull and crossbones. A humorous read and a general purchase for most libraries.

--School Library Journal

These elementary-age swashbucklers, like their more conventional peers, can be unruly, enthusiastic, and obedient--sure, they get in trouble for swearing and threaten mutiny, but they also happily participate in arts and crafts and clean up after their messes. Demas offers some fun phrases throughout, while Manders creates a cast of amiable ruffians that most kids would be happy to spend the day with.

--Publishers Weekly

When pirates and their parrots attend school, anything can happen. Author Corinne Demas brings readers a swashbuckling new adventure in Pirates Go To School. This rhyming tale will have all students wanting peg-legged pirates in their classrooms! Illustrator John Manders uses a mix of watercolors, gouache, and colored pencil to create bright, unique, and “ARG”-worthy drawings.... These pirates are cool and love school. Manders’ illustrations have hidden details that little eyes will eagerly focus on. Prepare for this adventure to be a family favorite. Be willing to read it again and again, or walk the plank!

--Portland Book Review
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Be careful teachers!  If you read this book to your students, you will be hearing pirate talk for the rest of the day (maybe longer) – but what a cute way to introduce a kindergarten class – or even an older class that needs a refresher – to the ins and outs of what goes on at school.  Rhyming words and bright, fun illustrations are a perfect package for part of a pirate themed class!

Blog Review
-- Kiss the Book
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I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book, as did my kids. It's a fun read with rhyming words and great illustrations. I'm a fan of any book that is not only hilarious, but one that receives a lot non stop laughs from my kids. Best of all, these pirates are FUN, enjoy learning and will make your kids wish they could go to school with pirates. Whether you're looking for a book for your young pirate fan, wanting a fun book to read at home or school, I'd recommend picking this fantastic book up.

Blog Review
--Mundie Kids
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John Manders


John Manders' work is featured in over thirty children’s books and gazillions of children’s magazines, and has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh gallery and the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum. He was named Outstanding Illustrator/Author by the Pennsylvania School Librarian’s Association. John was educated at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, the School of Visual Arts and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. His interests include puppetry  and trying to speak Italian.

John's technique involves lots of research before beginning preliminary drawings. Using 2B pencils on layout bond paper, he transfers the drawings onto Arches 300 lb hot press watercolor paper. Next is an ‘underpainting’ in neutral tones with Winsor & Newton Designers gouache. The color is painted on top of that. Prismacolor pencils are used for highlights and accent.

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Pirates à l'école

French Language Edition
translated by Louise Binette
Published by Éditions Scholastic
Toronto, 2013
ISBN: 978-1443126762

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