Friday, October 3, 2014

Children's Book Review: The Great Pirate Christmas Battle by Michael Lewis, Illus. by Stan Jaskiel

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Pelican Book Publishing , for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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Continuing with another great book from Pelican,
I have a book I shared briefly with you on Talk Like a Pirate Day,
a couple weeks ago!

The Great Pirate Christmas Battle  cover


Yo ho-ho-ho! 
Take to the high seas with this mordantly witty tale of tinsel and terror. 

Yo ho ho and a bottle of eggnog! Cap'n McNasty's come with his crew of scalawags to plunder Christmas presents from sleeping children. Their daring raid pays off in sweets and toys, much to the pirates' delight. As they happily bounce on their hornswoggled pogo sticks and scarf down Christmas cookies, the pirates vow to steal gifts every year-but their plans are shaken up like a bowl full of jelly when Santa and his elves arrive! Holiday hijinks ensue as the pirates get their halls decked and plums sugared. The rapscallions are tied up in tinsel and seemingly foiled, but Cap'n McNasty won't go down without a fight! He and St. Nick square off in a duel of hook versus candy cane that could determine the very future of Christmas. 

The Great Pirate Christmas Battle   sample 1


Tis a tale sure to become a annual tradition in they family! Bring it out of the treasure chest on Talk Like a Pirate Day and get ready for the holiday season with glee! Be sure to read tis book out loud as it's rhyming verse be wickedly funny and sure to make even the biggest landlubber want to grab his sword and swing from the mast (as me first mate Miss Grace did!)! Cap'n McNasty and his crew have hidden booty on every page, so be sure to seek out the plunder! And be assured they be lots of hornswoggling on both sides of the battle, so be sure to pick up this piece of treasure me hearties, yon kiddies will thank you! **

The Great Pirate Christmas Battle   sample 2

About the Author:

Michael G. Lewis graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BA in English and minor in drama. He worked in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, California, for ten years. Among other credits, he was a production assistant for Warner Bros. on such shows as Growing Pains and Just the Ten of Us. A playwright-in-residence at the Los Feliz Playhouse, Lewis's work was favorably reviewed by outlets including the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Reader, and the Los Angeles Independent. His 1998 independent film Getting Personal was accepted into numerous film festivals and aired nationwide. A proud father, Lewis lives with his wife and four sons in Massachusetts. Stan Jaskiel earned his degree in industrial design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has worked for both consultancies and Fortune 500 companies, designing a variety of products, primarily computers. A full-time freelancer since 1992, Jaskiel has illustrated more than twenty children's books and numerous coloring and activity books and magazines. His work has garnered him an iParenting Media Award. Jaskiel lives with his wife near Boston, Massachusetts, where he spends his time sketching and worrying about the Red Sox.

About the Illustrator:

Stan Jaskiel is a published author and an illustrator of children's books, including Dumplings are Delicious, Tooth Fairy Tales, Make Your Own Birdhouses and Feeders (Williamson Quick Starts for Kids! Book), and Make Your Own Fun Frames! (Quick Starts for Kids!).

** See the online Pirate Dictionary for definitions and more fun terms!


  1. This sounds like a fun book, I haven't seen this one before. My son loves pirates.

  2. Hi Denise. If he like pirates, Santa, and adventure on the high seas, I think he'll like my book! And a big pirate SHOUT OUT to Nicole for the great review. Sail on!

    --Michael Lewis, author "The Great Pirate Christmas Battle"

    1. Thanks for sailing thy ship and checking out our treasure review! We love to see our Cap'ns! Thanks for writing a great book!


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