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"'Twas the night before Christmas aboard the Black Sark, Not a creature was stirrin', not even a shark "Come aboard, young mateys, for a humorous, colorful, and thoroughly piratical retelling of "The Night Before Christmas " On a ship of mischievous brigands who have visions of treasure chests, not sugar plums, dancing in their heads you wouldn't expect a visit from jolly St. Nick. Instead, here comes Sir Peggedy, with his peg leg and hook arm, cracking his whip and driving eight giant seahorses: Salty, Scurvy, Sinbad, Mollie, Cutthroat, Cross-Eyes, Roger, and Jolly. But even buccaneers can catch the holiday spirit Philip Yates's rollicking rhymes and Sebastia Serra's sprightly, fun-filled pictures turn Clement C. Moore's Christmas perennial into a jubilant celebration.

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Philip Yates

A Pirate's Night Before Christmas is Philip's second picture book. His first, Ten Little Mummies, was nominated for the Black-Eyed Susan Picture Book Award. Ten Little Mummies was hailed by Horn book as "cheerfully offbeat addition to the genre," while Booklist called the book "an excellent read-aloud." Philip is the co-author, with Matt Rissinger, of several books of humor for children, including Biggest Joke Book in the World, Great Book of Zany Jokes, and World's Silliest Jokes. Philip Yates' third book, Pirates Twelve Days of Christmas has received excellent reviews. "The crew from A Pirate's Night Before Christmas sails through another Christmas-tide romp . . . Serra's digitally colored pen-and-ink compositions are filled with swashbuckling action and create a rollicking holiday mood." - Publishers Weekly

". . . this pirate crew is having such a grand time you'll get into the swashbuckling spirit in no time. Back for their second holiday high-seas adventure . . . the Black Sark buccaneers plan twelve days of Yuletide surprises for their cabin boy. The pirate lingo and raucously detailed color-rich illustrations add seafaring flair to this holiday standard." - The Horn Book Magazine

Philip lives with his wife, Maria in Austin, Texas with their cat, Kelly and works for the Austin Public Library.

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