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About the Author
James Preller is the author of the popular Jigsaw Jones mystery books, which have sold more than 10 million copies since 1998. He is also the author of Bystander, named a 2009 Junior Library Guild Selection; Six Innings, an ALA Notable Book; and Mighty Casey, his own twist on the classic poem, "Casey at the Bat."
Greg Ruth is the illustrator of many graphic novels and books for children, including A Pirate's Guide to First Grade and A Pirate's Guide to Recess by James Preller, and is also the author/illustrator of Going Home and The Lost Boy, a New York Times bestseller.
"Kids will love the contrast between the antics of the imaginary pirates and the regular school-day routine." --Scripps Howard News Service
"This rambunctious first day tale is fit for any young buccaneer... Preller's buoyant pirate-inflected storytelling and Ruth's illustrations, which have a decidedly vintage flair, form an exuberant tribute to imagination and a spirit of adventure." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Young would-be buccaneers facing their own first-day jitters will enjoy this droll title, which ends with a cheer or libraries. A great choice for sharing on September 19, International Talk Like a Pirate Day." --Booklist
"The illustrations have a vintage feel, complete with boisterous grog-drinking, scabbard-waving, and bubble-pipe-smoking pirates...a tremendous read-aloud, especially on Talk Like a Pirate Day." --School Library Journal, starred review
"Pirate-addled readers will dance a jig; press-ganged kids will be happy for the glossary. Good fun, me hearties." --Kirkus Reviews