Uncle Pirate By Douglas Rees. Illustrated by Tony Auth. Trade Paperback. Hardcover eBook. About The Book. About The Author.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Uncle Pirate by Douglas Rees. It's not every day that a pirate -- and his talking penguin -- show up at the front door! But that's exactly what happens when Wilson's long-lost uncle comes to live with his family. They're not ordinary anything. Uncle Pirate is having a spot of trouble adjusting to life on land. And Captain Ja It's not every day that a pirate -- and his talking penguin -- show up at the front door!
And Captain Jack wants to go to school to learn to read. Unfortunately, Very Elementary is as far from shipshape and Bristol fashion as a school could be. Until Uncle Pirate steps in, that is Set sail for a classroom adventure from mollymockery to mathematics in this story of a boy who has what every kid wants -- a pirate for an uncle. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published June 3rd by Margaret K. McElderry Books.
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Jun 02, John Bladek rated it really liked it. This be a fine tale of piracy and bad public schools, ye scurvy dogs. View all 3 comments. Oct 19, Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing Shelves: kidsreadtoo-posted-reviews. Reviewed by JodiG. That's bad news. It is really pumpkin pie, but Wilson's mom only makes it when she has bad news. What could it be this time?
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Wilson's mom hands his dad a letter from the Navy. They have found Wilson's uncle, an uncle he never knew he had, marooned on an island near Antarctica. He had only a fishing pole and a penguin with him when he was found.
The Navy is sending them to Wilson's house yes, the penguin, too! They barely finish the letter when there is a knock at the door. There stands Wilson's uncle--and he's a pirate! How does a pirate learn to live a normal life? Uncle Pirate attempts to hold a regular job, as a gardener and in a coffee shop, but nothing is as easy as it seems. And now, Captain Jack wants to go to school. A penguin in school? Very Elementary isn't even the nicest school in town. Things are out of control and even the principal hides under his desk from the bullies.
Soon, Uncle Pirate is at school, too, and things start to look up for Wilson. Can Uncle Pirate fit in at school and with Wilson's family? Things are certainly more interesting since he's come.
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It is silly and even the youngest readers will find their pirate "voice. Dec 15, Brandy rated it liked it Shelves: reads , childrens , for-reviews. For once, Wilson is almost cheered by the Bad News Pie his mom is making--maybe whatever news she has will keep his parents from noticing that his glasses are broken.
Lucky for him, Mom's news is just distracting enough: her long-lost brother has been found, and is coming to stay with them. Wilson is shocked when his uncle arrives: he's not just a relative, he's a pirate, and he travels with a talking penguin. Captain Jack the penguin wants to learn to read, and Uncle Pirate Bob needs For once, Wilson is almost cheered by the Bad News Pie his mom is making--maybe whatever news she has will keep his parents from noticing that his glasses are broken. Captain Jack the penguin wants to learn to read, and Uncle Pirate Bob needs to adjust to life on land, so it's off to Wilson's elementary school--the most un-shipshape place imaginable.
That is, until Uncle Pirate takes over as Captain This is a goofy, humorous story, reminiscent of the Wayside School books. Early readers will enjoy Uncle Pirate's nautical vocabulary, and will likely adopt "arh" and "matey" into their own speech.
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The zaniness of the school's faculty is at odds with the realistic portrayal of Wilson and his family, which makes one or the other seem wrong for the book, but kids will get a kick out of this wacky story regardless. Feb 11, Jackie added it Recommends it for: Everyone! Were they really listening from way back there?
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But alas, we'll have to take another trip to the library to collect more books for more nights together. Nov 12, Amy Wadsworth rated it it was ok. This book was clever and creative, but there were a couple if messages there that I didn't appreciate. The school that the boy attends is in chaos. The kids behave horribly and the administration behaves even worse.