Captain Bling's Christmas Plunder

by Rebecca Colby (Author) Rob McClurkan (Illustrator)

Captain Bling's Christmas Plunder
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Captain Bling and his merry crew set off to find treasure, but they get blown off course and end up at the North Pole. When they spy the elves carefully wrapping presents, the pirates think they have found the ultimate booty! They quickly steal the presents and make their way back to the ship. By the time Santa Claus catches up to them, the pirates are well on their way to escaping. But Santa has a surprise for Captain Bling and his crew!

Publishers Weekly

When Captain Bling and his pirate crew are caught in a gale, their Christmas Eve plundering plans are thrown off course. Their ship washes ashore at the North Pole, where Santa's home and workshop await. The pirates pillage this trove of gifts, but Santa's goodwill leaves them feeling contrite ("Overlooked every Christmas, they acted so rotten, / thinking nobody cared... but they'd just been forgotten!"), and they swap their swashbuckling threads for elf suits. Although a touch clunky in places, Colby's rhymes bounce along merrily, and McClurkan's smooth digital cartooning is packed with visual humor. With ample room for presents aboard the pirate's ship (and a Jolly Roger flag that features crossed candy canes instead of bones), readers may wonder why Santa ever flew anything else. Ages 5-7. Author's agent: Kathleen Rushall, Andrea Brown Literary. Illustrator's agent: Anne Moore Armstrong, Bright Group. (Nov.)

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Review quotes

Colby's rhymes bounce along merrily, and McClurkan's smooth digital cartooning is packed with visual humor.—Publishers Weekly
Rebecca Colby
Rebecca Colby is a children's book author, poet, and screenwriter. She has previously been a pantyhose inspector, an English Teacher in Taiwan, a tour director, and a librarian. Rebecca lives in North Yorkshire, England. Rob McClurkan grew up in Tennessee. Rob is the author of Aw, Nuts! and Playdates Rule.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
November 20, 2017

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