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"Swashbuckling gusto and a poignant finish should make this a new favorite." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
It’s Christmas Eve, and Jim and his mother have left pirate gingerbread men for Santa. Jim’s favorite is Captain Cookie, who carries a gingerbread cutlass and has a toothpick peg leg. Jim keeps him close by his bed. But late that night, when Jim is fast asleep, Captain Cookie step-taps away on a daring adventure to find his pirate crew and rescue them from that mysterious character he’s heard about: a cannibal named Santa Claus. This masterfully illustrated tale, sparkling with all the excitement of a pirate adventure, is a new holiday classic.
About the Author
Kristin Kladstrup is also the author of the middle-grade novel The Book of Story Beginnings. She lives near Boston, Massachusetts.
Matt Tavares is the illustrator of Lady Liberty by Doreen Rappaport; Jack and the Beanstalk, retold by E. Nesbit; Iron Hans by Stephen Mitchell; Over the River and Through the Wood; and ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. He is also the author-illustrator of There Goes Ted Williams, Henry Aaron’s Dream, Oliver’s Game, Mudball, and Zachary’s Ball. He lives in Ogunquit, Maine.