Captain Cat and the Pirate Lunch (Ready to Read: Pre-Level One)

by Emma J Virjan (Author) Emma J Virjan (Illustrator)

Captain Cat and the Pirate Lunch (Ready to Read: Pre-Level One)

Set sail with the brave and bold Captain Cat and her new friends in the first book in a new Pre-Level 1 Ready-to-Read series by the author-illustrator of the Pig in a Wig series!

Captain Cat sees three yellow birds on her pirate ship. Will they join Captain Cat for lunch, or will they become her lunch? One brave bird has a plan in this sweet story about misunderstanding and unlikely friendship!

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PreS-Gr 2--In this new book from the author of the "Pig in a Wig" series, three yellow birds land on Captain Cat's ship. The birds are ready to play, and Captain Cat is ready to eat. One of the birds misunderstands Captain Cat's intentions and gets a blue whale to shake the ship, only to find that the other two birds aren't endangered at all. Instead, they are having a lovely time with Captain Cat. Soon all three birds, the blue whale, and Captain Cat are five good friends having lunch under the sun. Told in simple rhyming couplets with a little onomatopoeia mixed in--"Whoosh. Bam. Splash. Bump. Plop. Crash"--and illustrated in saturated, boldly colored digital design, this whimsical easy reader is highly accessible without losing its sweetness. VERDICT Newly independent readers will find this book a silly, fun first read.--Jennifer Miskec

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Emma J Virjan
Emma J. Virján was born under an Aries moon, on a Wednesday, her dad's bowling night, which explains her passion for shiny, hardwood floors and extra crunchy snack bar French fries. She loves to draw, sing out loud, and take walks with her dog, Bella, who is often allowed to sleep on the couch. Emma is the author-illustrator of the Pig in a Wig Book and other books for children. She makes her home in Austin, Texas, where she spends her days writing and drawing. Visit her at
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Simon Spotlight
Publication date
December 14, 2021
Ready to Read: Pre-Level One
BISAC categories
JUV002050 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Cats
JUV001020 - Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure | Pirates
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
Library of Congress categories
Readers (Publications)
Readers (Elementary)

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