A new family film is coming to Theaters April 27th, The Pirates! Band of Misfits. This movie sounds like it's going to be great. Themed movies often get kids excited about learning more about that theme. This excitement provides parents and teachers a great opportunity to get a child interested in new books on the same topic. Look below for information on the film, books to keep the love of pirates going strong, and a chance for St. Louis readers to win FREE tickets to the screening of the film on Saturday, April 21 at Great Escape Gravois Bluffs.
In The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Hugh Grant stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side, and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they battle a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!
The movie is rated PG.
We searched our local library for these pirate book treasures for toddlers through early readers.
Pirate Nap: A Book of Colors by Danna Smith is a great pick for the littlest swash buckler. Two young boys prepare for naptime by pretending to be pirates and turning colorful objects into treasure. "Mighty pirates need sleep too". Good rhyming text and great pictures.
If you need a little more adventure in your pirate stories, check out Pirate Pete. There are several Pirate Pete books. We tried Pirate Pete's Giant Adventure by Kim Kennedy. This is still a great choice for the older preschool crowd or young elementary school student.
Jeremy Jacob in How I Became a Pirate has come face to face with real pirates and lives to tell the story. You can continue the adventure but know your little pirate will still want to come home to you and bedtime stories and goodnight kisses. If the cover illustrations look familiar to you, the illustrator is a preschool favorite, David Shannon (No, David!)
For an educational look at pirates, try this pirate alphabet book. Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC is a rhyming alphabet book. The pirates set off to look for every letter of the alphabet (because "r" is not enough). If they fail their mission, they will walk the plank! Thanks to Reading Confetti for suggesting this book. Stop by her blog to see a great treasure map activity that incorporates letter identification and visual discrimination of letters!
Think most pirates are BOYS? You'll think differently after reading Night Pirates by Peter Harris. The pirates in this story are little GIRLS who invite a boy along on their nighttime adventure! This book is completely singable which means your girl pirate or boy pirate may have it memorized in no time at all!
For the beginning independent reader, Pirates Past Noon part of the Magic Tree House chapter book series, is a great Pirate story.
All of this pirate talk has gotten me ready to give out some TREASURE. If you are local to the St. Louis area, you can enter to win a Pirate prize pack (including a family four pack of screening passes, shirt, eye patch, activity maps, and temporary tattoos). The passes are only good for the screening this Saturday, April 21st at 10 am at Great Escape Gravois Bluffs. This is a short contest running only 24 hours so I can get to screening passes to you. A winner will be chosen tomorrow (Tuesday, April 17) at 2:30 pm. I will email the winner. You will have 24 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
Disclosure: I was provided screening passes to this movie by Sony Pictures-- so if you win, I'll see you there!!
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