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Pirates and Spooks, Beware!
written by Susan Weiner
illustrated by Bobbie Kogok
Shiver me timbers! Pirates and parrots, mummies and mermaids—get ready for these fun and funky creatures to tickle your funny bone and send a chill down your spine! Between the lines of these eerie poems, a lady pirate fights her battles in stolen ball gowns, a cannibal decides to become a vegetarian, and a ghost hitches a ride in the family car. You’d better get started: it’s allhands on deck!
More About Susan Weiner
Though Susan has always loved writing and studying early modern western civilization, she did not anticipate that these passions would come together as an affinity for crafting children’s literature. Susan revealed that she spends a great deal of time researching the history behind each of her poems, and yet she loves the creative freedom entailed in writing for kids. “Anything can happen in a child's world,” she said. “Facts can be upside-down and backwards. Pirates can steal noble titles instead of gold. Monsters can eat your dirty laundry. Cannibals can turn vegetarian. Little pretty girls can have the hearts of monsters.”
Likewise, Susan values her opportunity to pass on the art of poetry to a new generation. “I want to make poems that will hopefully delight children and encourage them to write their own material or to pursue poetry and other poets,” Susan said. “I don't want poetry to be a lost and forgotten art.”
On top of her love for history, Susan has an inborn taste for whimsy and spooky stories. She loves monster movies and detective novels—her favorite series is Sherlock Holmes. Susan would like to write a detective novel of her own one day, but, for the time being, she is content to satisfy her appetite for mystery by treating herself to weekend getaways at a hotel, where she orders room service, enjoys a nice view, and works through a stack of mystery books!
Susan lives next to a horse farm and enjoys watching the deer grazing in the pasture as she works. She has recently completed a book of Christian poetry and continues to study history at her leisure.