Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Pirate's Life for me......

Quote of the Day:

"If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it al all."
                                           -Oscar Wilde

Author:  Sue Fliess
Illustrator:  Nikki Dyson
A Little Golden Book:  Ages 2-5

"Ahoy, landlubber
Come with me,
Board me ship upon the sea."  And so this hilarious pirate tale begins.....

Pirate or not,  this is the ship to be on and get a taste of what a real pirate's life is like.  You get a free tour and to feast your eyes on the Skulls and Crossbones flag flying high against the blue sky. The perks of being a pirate are:  you don't need to mind your manners, you can use pirate lingo (gangway, blimey, yo-ho-ho),  and even design your own pirate outfit complete with a squawky parrot of your own choosing - every pirates lucky charm! A pirate's life of freedom include no teeth brushing, no baths or no rules to obey.  A pirate's life can be dangerous and you have to always be on guard for evil enemies that are lurking about the sea.  After one such chase the pirates escape safely and finally land ashore to dig for buried treasure.  Pirates know how to celebrate when they flip open the treasure chest and find valuable pieces of eight that are theirs for the taking.  They sing a shanty, whistle a happy tune and  dance a jig in their  pirate pants.  Pirates know how to celebrate and party hearty!  Yo ho ho...a pirate's life for me! Or is it?

Sue Fliess tells this story in perfect rhyme and will have girls, boys, and parents engaged in this  rollicking pirate's tale.  The illustrations are hilarious, cartoonish and very detailed. They are a perfect visual expression to the fun text.  This book is a lot of fun and I highly recommend it.

About the author:

I think I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but it wasn’t until recently that I figured out what kind of writer I wanted to be. I’ve been writing in some form most of my life. As a child, I wrote poems for my family, and as a teenager I wrote about unrequited love. During college, despite my obvious lack of psychology qualifications, I wrote a “Dear Sue” column for my university newspaper, trying my best to solve friend traumas and heal heartaches. I was constantly collecting quotes and sayings from books, poems - even greeting cards - that spoke to me in some way, and plastering them to my walls. I guess I just liked being surrounded by words.

And that was never more true than when I accepted my first job as a publicist for Penguin’s adult paperback division. I wrote press releases, pitch letters, and met and worked with many amazing authors, editors and members of the media. During that time, I joined a writing group in Manhattan where I worked with a very talented group of writers. When I moved to the Northern California Bay Area, to the heart of Silicon Valley, I held positions including copywriter, Marketing Communications Manager, and Director of Marketing for companies large and small, low to high tech. But even as I wrote product datasheets, signage copy, newsletters and web content, there was a part of me that yearned to write my own stories again. 

It wasn’t until I accepted the non-paying-but-constantly-rewarding position of stay-at-home mom of my two boys that I was able to start writing for myself again. When my first child turned two years old, he had an insatiable thirst for all things outer space. And I was inspired to write him a story about it. That, coupled with the encouragement and advice from a children’s librarian and friend, as well as local authors, was when I began my adventure into writing for children. And I’ve been hooked ever since. 

I am a member of the Author’s Guild and SCBWI and in both 2007 and 2008 received Letters of Commendation from the SCBWI Barbara Karlin Grant for Picture Book Writing for two of my stories. I was also accepted into the 2008 Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature (RUCCL) based on my young adult novel work-in-progress. I have contributed over fifty articles to and many articles and book reviews for, Bay Area Parent, Circle of Moms, and Writer's Digest. 

By day, I'm a writer for eBay, and in my not-so-spare time I like to spend time with my family, travel, play tennis, sing, run, lead a children’s writing critique group, and write as much as I can. I’ve also been known to buy great shoes now and then. I volunteer in my boys' classrooms, where I help students learn the nuances of our complicated English language, so they may find joy in books. I am thrilled and proud to now be able to contribute my own stories to the wonderful worldwide library of children’s literature.

                       Book Review Rating:   8 ( Fantastic!)

Read on and read always!  
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