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Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC    by June Sobel & Henry Cole order for
Shiver Me Letters
by June Sobel
Order:  USA  Can
Harcourt, 2006 (2006)

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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

With so many alphabet books on the market, it is hard to believe that there is room for one more, but Shiver Me Letters is unique and creative.

A band of animal pirates is on a mission to capture the entire alphabet. They sail the high seas, finding, for example, a treasure chest with a glistening gold letter 'G', a mysterious map with an 'M' on it, and a life preserver doubling as an 'O.'

The pirates find all the letters but one, and they return to the captain with their booty. 'They went to the captain expecting a thanks. They showed him the letters. He showed them the planks. "R" roared the captain. "Ye'll walk these for me. Be off with ye, mates. Go rob me a Z."'

The book is very charming, never scary, and certain to appeal to young children, as well as teach them a thing or two about the alphabet. The comical, expressive illustrations add to the fun. My favorite is the pirate captain: a crocodile wearing a rubber ducky innertube.

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