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Yo-ho-ho! It's International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Sep 2023
Yarr, in honour of International Talk Like a Pirate Date, we be celebrating our favourite pirates in literature

Yarr, today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Hoist the Jolly Roger, weigh anchor and cast off with what be some o' our favourite books about pirates:

Peter Pan, by JM Barrie, is part o' the Kumon Recommended Reading List and tt be a fine tale, telling the story of Peter Pan, a boy who can fly, and his adventures in Neverland wit' Wendy Darling 'n her brothers. Peter Pan's arch enemy be the pirate Captain Hook, who lost his hand t' a crocodile. Their feud drives the book, wit' Peter's band o' Lost Boys battling Hook's villainous crew.

Pirate Pete, by Kim Kennedy, sees a seasoned pirate and his parrot set off in search o' gold after hearing the Queen has found a treasure map. Go wi' him on his journey t' get the booty!

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs, by Giles Andreae, follows the young lad Flinn who stumbles across Captain Stubble, a shipmate who needs help ta' get his beloved boat back. Together wiy' his landlubber friends, Flinn becomes a pirate and vows to find the lost ship, only t' find it looted by dinosaurs!

My Granny is a Pirate, by Val McDermid, be a rhyming book narrated by a young lad with a family secret: his granny be a pirate! He tells o' her adventures, sailing the high seas 'n capturing pirate ships.

Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson, be an adventure novel telling the tale o' Jim Hawkins, who finds an old treasure map and meets the cunning Long John Silver. This book be another part o' the Kumon Recommended Reading List, and is where a lot o' the fun pirate ideas, like 'X marks the spot', come from!

So whether ye read some o' these books yourself or read 'em together wit' yer shipmates, we hope ye get an insight into the life o' a pirate 'n maybe even pick up some o' the lingo! But don't worry if ye still haven't quite mastered the pirate dialect, we won't make ye walk the plank!