“Swashbuckling gusto and a poignant finish should make this a new favorite.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
It’s Christmas Eve, and Jim and his mother have left pirate gingerbread men for Santa. Jim’s favorite is Captain Cookie, who carries a gingerbread cutlass and has a toothpick peg leg. Jim keeps him close by his bed. But late that night, when Jim is fast asleep, Captain Cookie step-taps away on a daring adventure to find his pirate crew and rescue them from that mysterious character he’s heard about: a cannibal named Santa Claus. This masterfully illustrated tale, sparkling with all the excitement of a pirate adventure, is a new holiday classic.
About The Gingerbread Pirates Gift Edition
What if a brave Captain Cookie stood up to Santa? A fresh, funny story that sparkles with all the excitement of a pirate adventure — and all the magic of Christmas morning.
A funny and magical Christmas story about a gingerbread pirate, Captain Cookie, and his daring adventure on Christmas eve to rescue his crew from a mysterious cannibal named Santa Claus…
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Swashbuckling gusto and a poignant finish should make this a new favorite. —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Large in scale and dramatic in effect, watercolor-and-gouache paintings create believable settings, sometimes seen from unusual perspectives, and sympathetically portray the characters, especially the pirates, whose icing-sugar mouths and eyes are surprisingly expressive. —Booklist
An exciting story and full-page, dramatically composed paintings depicting harrowing adventures with a mouse, a cat, and the crew imprisoned in a cookie jar make this a good holiday read-aloud. —School Library Journal
Captain Cookie’s quest to rescue his crew from their cookie-jar imprisonment is not without peril, and humorous obstacles abound…Tavares’s vivid watercolor and gouache paintings dramatize Kladstrup’s lively text with vigor in this imaginative adventure story. —The Horn Book
Cookie’s-eye-view illustrations and a story enlivened with dialogue make this boy’s version of the nutcracker sparkle. —Foreword
Kladstrup makes the most of the adventurous possibilities, while Tavares’s sumptuous full-bleed spreads and spot illustrations play with a cookie’s-eye perspective. —Shelf Awareness
An adventurous, hilarious story that brims with the magic of Christmas…pure delight. —Kendal Rautzhan’s Books to Borrow, Books to Buy
An imaginative kid-pleaser. —News Tribune
Red and green dominate Tavares’ bold illustrations, making this one of the most festive Christmas books. —St. Paul Pioneer Press