Mads picked up How I Became a Pirate by Melissa Long and David Shannon from the library one time. I don’t know how many times I’ve read it to her, but she enjoys it each time. It’s a fun book to read aloud because of the chants and rhymes. There is even pirate talk embedded. Essentially, Jeremy Jacobs is a boy who wants to be a pirate. He gets a taste of pirate life one day at the beach when a ship sails in and interrupts him as he is building a sandcastle. Everything seems cool until he finds out what pirates don’t do, like get tucked into bed at night. In the end, Jeremy Jacobs prefers being home with his family.
I didn’t know there was another book, but leave it to Mads to find it. In the sequel, Pirates Don’t Change Diapers, the pirates come back for the treasure that Jeremy buried in his backyard. His mother went out and he’s left home with his father and sister. Jeremy is supposed to do whatever it takes to keep his sister happy so that his father can get his rest. Of course, this includes changing diapers. He delegates this task to the crew so that he can focus on digging out the treasure. The pirates get what they came for and Jeremy gets to pick out a present for his mom’s birthday.
These clever, well-illustrated, fun books will surely keep your preschoolers entertained. After my next read, I’m going to ask what she wants to pretend to be and why.