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The captain of this brave and bumbling pirate crew has ordered them to capture the entire alphabetand they'll walk the plank if they're missing a single letter! Now these swashbuckling mateys are embarking on an alphabet adventure unlike any other, and they won't ahem, can't rest until they've found an A, a Z, and everything in betweenJune Sobel's hilarious text and Henry Cole's adventurous animal pirates harmonize in an irresistible book for alphabetlearning, pirateloving kids everywhere

10 thoughts on “Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC

  1. Jodi Young Jodi Young says:

    This book was neat. Children will loved to share their best rrrrr! I would not only use this book as an alphabet book, but I would expand it and have the students find letters in their surroundings just like the Pirates did and capture them! Then maybe we can make our own story! We could even do a scavenger hunt and find the letters in ABC order!

  2. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    The idea is cute, even if the rhymes are a bit clunky at time and annoyingly the illustrations (cute as they are) do not match what is being said. The E and F and Uand V combinations are especially frustrating to me, as is the fact that they were supposed to be toothlessly sailing and there is the pirate pig with a big grin of teeth. But, I digress. My two-year old loves this book and I only complain because I am forced to read it about four times a day. She loves finding the letters, which is what one hopes this book would inspire. So, ahoy! Read on we shall!

  3. Ruth Ann Ruth Ann says:

    I love the illustrations and the concept of these pirates hunting for letters. And it is a fun read-aloud.
    It's the letters - the letters are too subtle in the illustrations and in the text.
    A B floated by on
    the crystal clear bay.
    Will young children know that bay begins with B? While looking at the illustration, they will see the B floating in the water!

  4. Beatrice Fox Beatrice Fox says:

    Pure fun and joy. It's like watching an episode of the original Electric Company or Sesame Street. Seeing your ABCs with this pirate crew is wonderful and casting a crocodile as the Pirate Captain is a winning move. Great rhyming being done here too.

  5. Mama Bibliosoph Mama Bibliosoph says:

    This book is great for a pirate-lover or as a way to introduce pirates and the idea of a treasure hunt to kids. Animal pirates go sailing in search of all the letters of the alphabet. Kids get practice scanning as they look for the treasure!

    Shiver Me Letters makes great use of thematic elements; they find an anchor, a cannonball, gold, a map, and a sword, etc. I'm trying to pay some attention to introducing my kids to important children's themes, like pirates, so this is great for that kind of literary education.

    However, some elements are a bit of a miss (they find B floating on a bay) and a few of the illustrations aren't well executed (the S-shaped sword is too subtle). But it's easy to hurry past the lesser moments because the rhyming verse is quick-paced and carries you along easily.

    I am a huge fan of Sobel's writing. She is an expert in pulse and sound, and I like her choice to have each rhyme land on the the next letter of the alphabet. Because of this structure, my son Harry is able to predict what is coming (if he forgets where we are in the story). He announces each letter with a huge smile at precisely the right beat. This confidence-booster is fabulous for kids who like to be correct (Who doesn't?) and for those who really enjoy participating with fill-ins.

  6. Lara Lara says:

    Between 3 and 4 stars, depending on what you're reading it for, I think. For purposes here, I'm rounding up.

    It's a cute alphabet book, with pirates hunting down letters (Arrrrrr wasn't enough for them!). The rhyme and rhythm are both solid, not too sing-songy and still emphasize the particular letter being found (B in the bay, for example).

    I like it, and have used it more than once for a storytime book (for pirates, of course), and while it works, at the same time, some of the letters are smaller or well hidden in the pictures and harder for the audience to see. It would work much better for a one-on-one read in that respect, when the kids can get up close and personal with the pictures. Still, the children enjoyed the stories, had some good alphabet practice and could still point out a lot of the letters in the pictures as we read. So, 3 stars for a storytime read (would love for some of the letters to be a little bigger or clearer) and 4 for a one-on-one read. Rounding up, 4 stars.

  7. Kendra Kendra says:

    So who wouldn't like pirates as a little kid. When I saw this book I knew that I had to borrow it from the library to read to my three year old as we learned about the alphabet. This book did not disappoint and my older two kiddos were in luck when Mason selected to read this for bedtime. In the book Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel the illustrations were so colorful and really draw your eyes in to the whole book. Also the illustrations covered the whole page so there was a lot to see on each page. I really liked how they didn't have to stretch the text to fit each letter. The kids had a blast saying arr...through out the book as we read it. Ginny (7 years old) loved being able to read along with me. Miles (5 years old) loved shouting Ar...and pointing out the letters. Mason (3 years old) just giggled through out the book. But don't take our word for it check out this book. It might surprise you....ARR...

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  8. Joan Joan says:

    Delightfully illustrated with a crew of animal pirates, the rhyming text in this book details the pirates’ search for letters other than “R” so that they can be tough! And just to make sure that this bumbling crew follows his orders, the pirate captain decrees they’ll walk the plank if they don’t find every single letter.

    Young readers will delight in the antics of the pirate crew as they learn the alphabet. The illustrations are a perfect companion to the text, making this adventure pure fun for pirate-loving readers of all ages.

    Highly recommended.

  9. Luisa Knight Luisa Knight says:

    Your kiddo will have fun spotting the alphabet throughout these piratey pages!

    Ages: 3 - 6

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  10. Madison Conlin Madison Conlin says:

    1. Awards- None
    2. Grade level- Preschool- Kindergarten
    3. Original summary- Go on a pirate adventure with your class and try finding all the letters hidden through out the pages. Your class is sure to have an adventurous time.
    4. Original review- This is a book that I use in my preschool classroom. They love looking along and trying to find all the hidden letters on the page.
    5. Classroom uses- Use as an assessment tool for letters, ask a child to find a certain letter on each page.