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By Brandon Dorman

Arrrggh! This be da month that Cap’n Bones and his briny crew set sail! My brand-new picture book Pirates of the Sea! is now in stores!

My goal was to create a pirate book that was traditionally based but showed as much as possible about what pirates encounter while at sea. Honestly, I was caught off guard by how long the process can be if you’re trying to write a picture book in rhyme, using pirate talk. Nonetheless, this book was a blast to create.

Pirates pp. 24-25 Greenwillow

Just a few FAQs:
• The writing process for Pirates of the Sea! took about 6 months.
• Illustrating the whole book took about 4 months.
• I think there are 23 different pirate names included.

Originally the manuscript was about a pirate captain named Jack Batbone, who gets a message from his crew that his days are numbered. Captain Jack takes it as a mutiny letter and is prepared to walk the plank. It turns out it’s a birthday party for the captain, not a mutiny. This idea was really fun, but with a little research we found that birthday books haven’t sold that well historically. So, we still liked the pirate theme, but it was back to the drawing board.

Pirates pp. 22-23 Greenwillow

My hope is that all those who open this book’s pages can’t help but crack a smile at least once. I personally think the best way to share this story is out loud and in the best swashbucklin’ pirate voice ye can muster.

And never forget the pirate code:

Pirates of the Sea p8 Greenwillow

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9780062040688 GreenwillowBrandon Dorman is the creator of Pirates of the Sea! and Santa’s Stowaway. You can visit him online at www.brandondorman.com.


  1. Tania says:

    HURRAH! No bones about it, yer illustrations arrrr a twinklin’ treasure!

  2. Virginia says:

    Brandon, Thanks for this great post!

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