Children's Literature @ NYPL
Booktalking "The Gingerbread Pirates" by Kristin Kladstrup
Jim and his mother were making gingerbread men on Christmas eve one year, and Jim suggested transforming the cookies into gingerbread pirates. His mom concurred. However, Jim did not want Santa to eat Captain Cookie (complete with a toothpick peg leg), so he took him to his bedroom that evening.
Captain Cookie was the roaming type, and he went on many adventures that evening. He ran into trouble when a mouse decided to nibble his gingerbread sword. More hardships were ahead, and Captain Cookie encountered one of his crew who had a broken hand. Lots of crew members were stuffed in a cookie jar with a Santa Claus on top. When the real Santa looked in the cookie jar with eyes all aglow, horrified cookie pirates saw their lives flash before their eyes! Would Santa Claus turn out to be a cannibal and eat them!?! And just what kind of gifts would Jim get for Christmas?