Free eBook A Pirate's Night Before Christmas By Philip Yates –

Young mateys will find plenty of holiday joy in this humorous, colorful, and thoroughly piratical version of the beloved Clement C Moore classic On this ship of mischievous brigands—who have visions of treasure chests, not sugarplums, dancing in their heads—you wouldn’t expect a visit from nice St Nick Instead, here comes Sir Peggedy, with his peg leg and hook arm, cracking his whip and driving eight giant seahorses: Salty, Scurvy, Sinbad, Mollie, Cutthroat, CrossEyes, Roger, and Jolly Philip Yates’ rollicking rhymes and Sebastià Serra’s sprightly, funfilled pictures—featuring whimsically multicolored seahorses, stockings hung on the ship’s bowsprit with tar, childfriendly pirates, and a complete treasure map—turn this Christmas perennial into a jubilant celebration!

10 thoughts on “A Pirate's Night Before Christmas

  1. Mischenko Mischenko says:

    Shiver me timbers! A Pirates Night Before Christmas follows the traditional 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, but told from a pirates point of view from their ship. Beautiful illustrations. We especially enjoyed the pirate glossary at the end. Certainly a keeper for the Christmas collection!

  2. Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐ Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐ says:

    I read this whole thing to Emma in a REALLY GOOD/AUTHENTIC pirate accent. Can't wait to do it again when she's old enough to actually appreciate it....

  3. Kathleen Duffy Kathleen Duffy says:

    I read this to my family every year. It’s one of my favorites. So quirky and fun

  4. Kelly Kelly says:

    A Pirate's Night before Christmas, written by Philip Yates and illustrated by Sebastia Serra, is definitely a departure from the traditional 'Twas the Night Before Christmas tale. The rhymes are set up in a similar fashion, but imagine if you will a Christmas Eve aboard a pirate ship. The pirates are not nestled all snug in their beds, and they're not waiting on Santa Claus. No, they are doing pirate things--snorin' like pigs, dreaming of treasure chests, watching for approaching ships--and waiting on Sir Peggedy (the pirate's Santa) to appear.

    And appear he did, but Sir Peggedy is about as different from Santa as it's possible to get. He does drive a sleigh, but it's pulled by eight seahorses. (Sir Peg arrives out of the sea, by the way.) Sir Peggedy is fat, dresses in black, is covered in seaweed, has a patch over one eye, scars on his face, a gold tooth, a hook for one hand, a peg for one leg, and a skull earring. But, like the Santa we all know, Sir Peggedy does give presents to pirates on Christmas Eve. Some of those presents we might not want--like hardtack, a plank, or eggs--but others, like a map to buried treasure, would be welcome gifts to pirates and land lubbers alike!

    This is a great twist on the traditional tale we all know and love. Boys will especially like this story. An extremely helpful--and funny--pirate glossary is included at the back of the book for those who are unfamiliar with pirate slang.

    This book might make an excellent starting point for students writing their own versions of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. How cool would it be for students to imagine how Star Wars characters, superheroes, aliens, animals, or other things view Christmas Eve!

  5. Melanie Melanie says:

    This book must be read in yer best pirate voice! It's a cute take on The Night Before Christmas, with the pirates sleepin', snorin' and dreamin' of treasure chests. They're waitin' for Sir Peggedy to come in his sled led by eight giant seahorses.

    The story is light and the illustrations are fun to look at. There's also a Pirate Glossary in the back where we learn that Bucko is what pirates call their friends and Avast! is a pirate's way of saying, Who goes there? This is a fun, cute Christmas read for the pirate in all of us!

    Mel's Shelves

  6. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    Review from interlibrary loan copy.

    Mom, you'll like this one.

  7. Courtney Courtney says:

    I am sure that most people have heard/read the story A Night before Christmas, and if they haven't they have at least heard the rhyme scheme behind the famous story. This pirate rendition was very well done and kept to the popular sing-song poem that most know and love.

    The only part of the story that I did not enjoy as a parent, was the fact that some of the words used to describe said pirates were types that we do not typically use within our household. Now that is not to say that there was cuss words or other fowl language used, for there wasn't just typical pirate talk.

    I do recommend this story to be read, for I haven't met a child to date that has not enjoyed a pirate book, movie, or show. This is something the entire family can enjoy.

  8. Samantha Samantha says:

    I came across this at work (a thrift store) and just had to have it. I love pirates and I love Christmas, and this book combines them both! I like the backgrounds, though I'm not as sold on how the characters look. Then again, even if I don't like the style they're drawn in, the rougher looks fit pirates. What I really love about this book, however, are the changes made to the traditional poem. Most of the changes work well, and even the ones that are more of a stretch are funny with how the rhyme is forced to work. If you love pirates and Christmas, you're sure to love this book.

  9. Melanie Melanie says:

    A humorous version of Twas the Night Before Christmas. Pirates on a ship receive a visit from Sir Peg (Santa Claus) with his sleigh pulled by eight tiny seahorses named Salty, Scurvy, Sinbad, Mollie, Cutthroat, Cross-Eyes, Roger and Jolly. Hilarious! Sir Peg delivers pirate-appropriate gifts to each of the crew, including the young boy on board who gets the best present of all: a treasure map!

    Included in the back is a list of pirate-specific words which is very helpful.

  10. Jessica Eisentrager Jessica Eisentrager says:

    We’ve had this book for a number of christmas’ now. I can honestly say it’s the first of our holiday books i reach for every year. Even though my kids are getting older i still enjoy reading this to them in my best pirate accent! It’s definitely a tradition i can’t wait to pass on when i have grandkids.