The Word Pirates*
Author: Susan Cooper
Illustrator: Steven Kellogg
Captain Rottingbones and his crew aren’t like any pirates you’ve ever seen. They feast on words, using their flock of Bumblebirds to pillage the best and juiciest words from nearby towns. They devour long chewy words like antidisestablishmentarianism, and short crunchy words like pop and zip. They steal the words right off the writer’s page, right from the middle of stories.
When Captain Rottingbones hears of a particular Word Wizard in New Zealand, he sets sail to have a taste of her words. However, when he arrives, he finds a feisty Word Wizard who isn’t going to let her words get gobbled up. But will she be able to fight off Captain Rottingbones and his fearsome crew? Your young pirates will be amazed -- even as they are laughing -- as they find out for themselves which is mightier, the pen or the sword.