No more Pirates

Hi everyone,

I’m looking down the list of titles that Boyds Mills just took out of their line. I’m going to miss PIRATES and those wonderful paintings by Dan Burr. Its recognitions included: Kansas State Reading Circle List, 2009; NCTE Notable Poetry Books, 2008; nominated for Cybils Award; VOYA’s Nonfiction Honor List, 2009; Texas Bluebonnet Master Reading List, 2010-2011; Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award Master Reading List, 2011-2012; selected by Missouri Center for the Book to represent Missouri at the National Book Fair in Washington D.C., 2013.

Dan and I introduced PIRATES at Texas Library Association in 2008. We had no idea who the guy dressed like a pirate was. He just appeared and stood in behind us for the picture. The Center for the Book held a reception in Warrensburg for Dan and me. Here’s the link. What a great party that was! http://books.missouri.org/content/david-harrison-and-dan-burr-book-signing I didn’t attend the National Book Fair in Washington, D.C. Sandy said I should have gone. Cheryl Harness did you go the year your book was chosen? I think I heard that more than 100,000 people go to those affairs. Here's a poem from PIRATES, published by Wordsong, 2008, (c) by David L. Harrison, all rights reserved.

WHAT’LL THE KING SAY, CAP’N?

Nice and easy, Cap’n.
Do nothing you’ll regret.
We’re helping ourselves to all your gold
And we’re not finished yet.

I’ll have your pistol, Cap’n.
Your knife will also do.
Ah, those rings are pretty things!
Hand them over too.

What’ll the king say, Cap’n?
Seems you lost his loot!
Seems you lost your pistol, Sir,
Your knife and rings to boot.

What’ll the king say, Cap’n?
Your kindness can’t be matched!
Let’s hope the king’s as kind as you
And leaves your head attached.

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13 comments on “No more Pirates

  1. A Pirate’s Plea

    Pushing a pirate book
    off of the plank!
    Three words describe it…
    stink, stunk, and stank!

    Keep it in print so
    generations of kids,
    don’t have to go searching
    ‘mongst fishes and squids!

    Thousands of students
    adore this great book!
    Full of true pirates –
    not like Captain Hook!

    Keep it in print, please,
    There must be a way!
    To keep pirates sailing,
    with an “argh” and an “aye!”

  2. I love this book and am sorry to see it made unavailable. It is a pirate’s treasure! Love that picture, too. Fun that a pirate appeared, a ghost of tales past? Looking for your next “loot’, David!

    • Linda, thank you for your kind remarks. I’ll do my best to find another publisher but won’t hold my breath.

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