Giveaway #7 of the 14 Colossal Holiday Children’s Book Giveaways: Pirate’s Christmas

Holiday Giveaway Winners Have Been Selected! Congratulations to:

Giveaway 2 Adopt Me-Piper Smith from WI
Giveaway 3 Lovable Characters-Janet Coffield from NC
Giveaway 4 Comic Strips-Debra Hays from LA
Giveaway 5 stories for Christ Eve-Amy Burbol from TX
Giveaway 6 Essentia Classics-Cassandra McCavy from MA
Giveaway 7 Pirates-Kristina Carter from NC
Giveaway 8 Creative Christmas-Nicole Lancasteer from AZ
Giveaway 9 Cultural Xmas-Adrianne Braun from MI
Giveaway 10 Fairy Tales-Silvia Rodriguez from IL
Giveaway 11 Christmas Spirit-Robin Marshall from MD
Giveaway 12 Peace on Earth-Laura Zeigler from IN
Giveaway 13 True Meaning-Nikki Watkins from FL
Giveaway 14 Handicrafted Christmas-Christy Hawkes from UT

Giveaway # 7 is a whole lot of fun! Who knew that pirate’s celebrate Christmas too? The winner of this giveaway will receive two humorous Christmas picture books about pirates with terrific illustrations and a fabulous snowman Christmas activity book. We’re only half way through this Colossal Holiday Children’s Book Giveaway, so don’t miss out on the rest of the fun!

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Giveaway #1 – Happy Hanukkah!

Giveaway #2 – Adopt Me! Books

Giveaway #3 -Loveable Characters

Giveaway #4 – Comic Strips

Giveaway #5- Stories for Christmas Eve

Giveaways #6 Essential Classics

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Book #1



The Great Pirate Christmas Battle

•    Targeted Audience:  Lower Elementary (Ages 5-8)
•    Genre: Fiction Picture Book
•    Author: Michael G. Lewis
•    Illustrator: Stan Jaskiel
•    Publisher: Pelican Publishing
•    Publication Date: September 15, 2014
•    Binding: Hard Cover
•    Dimensions: 8.5 x  11
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 32 Pages
•    Retail: $16.99
•    ISBN: 978-1455619344

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From The Great Pirate Christmas Battle by Michael G. Lewis, illustrated by Stan Jaskiel, © 2014 Michael G. Lewis, used by permission of the publisher, Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.

Cap’n McNasty Tells His Tale

ImagePirate, Captain McNasty has a hook for hand and a plan to steal some of Santa’s presents so children everywhere will have no Christmas at all. He and his crew sneak into Santa’s village and take all the food and gifts they can find. Back aboard the pirates’ ship, they devour the goodies and break open all the toys. When Santa and his elves come aboard that ship, a battle ensues. But who will win?

From The Great Pirate Christmas Battle by Michael G. Lewis, illustrated by Stan Jaskiel, © 2014 Michael G. Lewis, used by permission of the publisher, Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.

What You’ll Love About This Book

For starters, the text is concise and cleverly written in catchy rhyming verse, and the silly story is totally original. And of course, the Image 1dialog is fitting of Talk Like a Pirate Day. The beautiful and humorous illustrations by Stan Jaskiel feature brilliant colors and offer impressive detail. I found myself going back to look at them closer after reading the book. I love classic Christmas stories, but I can also appreciate truly new creative ideas too, and this one has a very funny surprise ending that is really funny!

From The Great Pirate Christmas Battle by Michael G. Lewis, illustrated by Stan Jaskiel, © 2014 Michael G. Lewis, used by permission of the publisher, Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.

About the Author

Image 3Michael G. Lewis is a former playwright whose works were favorably reviewed by such publications as the Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly. He worked in the entertainment industry for ten years and had guest roles in several shows, including Growing Pains, Beauty and the Beast, and Clueless. Lewis attended Bishop’s University and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BA in English and minor in drama. He lives with his wife and four sons in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

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About the Illustrator

Stan Jaskiel is a professional cartoonist who has illustrated more than twenty children’s books as well as numerous coloring books, t-shirts, and magazines. He attended the Massachusetts College of Art. A former industrial designer, Jaskiel has freelanced full-time since 1992. He lives with his wife in Salem, Massachusetts, where he spends his time sketching and worrying about the Red Sox.

Book #2


A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas

•    Targeted Audience:  Preschool, Lower Elementary (Ages 3-6)
•    Genre: Fiction Picture Book
•    Author: Philip Yates
•    Illustrator: Sebastia Serra
•    Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
•    Publication Date: October 7, 2014
•    Binding: Paperback
•    Dimensions: 11  x  10
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 32 Pages
•    Retail: $6.95
•    ISBN: 978-1454913573

What a Pirate Does the Night Before Christmas

A young pirate aboard the ship, the Black Sark, does a retelling of Clement C. Moore’s, A Visit from St. Nicholas. All the pirates on board are anticipating the arrival of Sir Peggedy, the one-legged pirate with a parrot on his hat, who rides in a sleigh full of pirate goodies, pulled by seahorses. Well, Sir Peggedy climbs aboard the ship and spreads his good cheer amongst the pirates, giving them just the right kind of booty pirates come to expect for Christmas, But what about the narrator of the story? Has Sir Peggedy forgotten about his gift? Nope. He saved the best for last.


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A Humorous Twist on an Old Classic That Will Make You Smile

DSC_0016In the back of the book is a glossary of pirate terms that’s not only hilarious, but it will teach you a thing or two about pirate speak. The cover of this book is so beautifully illustrated, with its red foil lettering. Open up that cover and you’ll discover one marvelous illustration after another. It’s all so spirited and lively, as there’s a lot of action going on in those pages. The story is really funny and charming and appeals to the imaginative side of young readers who will really love the ending. This high quality paperback is so affordable, it makes a fantastic gift for the holidays.

About the Author

51c0Gb4AFjL._UX250_Philip Yates lives in Austin, TX, and works in the Austin Public Library system. A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas was his first picture book. It was so successful he created a sequel, A Pirate’s Twelve Days of Christmas, which received praise from the Horn Book (“The pirate lingo and raucously detailed color-rich illustrations add seafaring flair to this holiday standard”) and Kirkus Reviews (“Avast, me hearties! Here be another bonny piratical parody ready for the readin’ to the young’uns at the Christmas season.”)

 About the Illustrator

Sebastiá Serra hails from Barcelona, Spain, where he studied Fine Arts at the Universitat de Barcelona. He is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in magazines and on television. He has illustrated a number of picture books in Spain and in the US (including A Pirate’s Twelve Days of Christmas by Philip Yates). His work has also been displayed in exhibitions all over the world, spanning countries such as the US, Italy, Japan, China, and Korea.

Book #3


Hello Mr. Snowman

•    Targeted Audience:  Preschool, Lower Elementary (Ages 4-7)
•    Genre: Children’s Activity Book
•    Author: Debbie Rivers-Moore
•    Illustrator: Caroline Davis
•    Publisher: Barron’s Educational Books
•    Publication Date: October 1, 2014
•    Binding: Spiral bound Paperback
•    Dimensions: 8.5  x  8
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 48 Pages
•    Retail: $6.99
•    ISBN: 978-1438005416


Let it Snow!

Hello Mr. Snowman makes children long for a snowy Christmas. The book starts out with an original story with vivid Illustrations DSC_0003about a boy named, Thomas who has a fun-filled day playing in the snow with his friends. They make a snowman and later that night something magical happens. Following the story are pages of fun activities. Readers can make a paper snowman cutout, find hidden pictures, draw, find the differences between pictures, design their own mittens. complete mazes, connect the dots, play a memory game and so much more!

An Activity Book That’s Everything Winter!

DSC_0007There are more than 50 colorful stickers in the book and so many pages of activities, that your child will be busy creating and celebrating winter. There are four press-out ornaments to color and hang on your tree and so many ways for kids to be creative and use their imaginations. Every child loves activity books, and Hello Mr. Snowman is perfect for kids who celebrate any of the holidays at this time of year. With its super affordable price, it makes an excellent gift too.

Enter for a Chance to Win All Three Titles on this Post and Be on the Lookout for Many More Holiday Children’s Book Giveaways All Week Long

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  1. Enter the giveaway by Liking our Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and sending us an email to smartbooks (at) with your name and mailing address. In the subject line of the email write Pirate’s Christmas Giveaway.  We will not share your email or address or use it for any other purpose than this giveaway. PLEASE NOTE: If you do not include your mailing address in your email your entry will be discarded.  (We only require addresses so books can be mailed quickly and in the past we have found it difficult to contact winners to obtain their mailing addresses.)
  2. You may enter any or all of our 14 Colossal Holiday Children’s Book Giveaways but no person will be eligible to win more than one giveaway this week – we’d like to spread the cheer to as many readers as possible.
  3. Optional: You will receive one extra entry for leaving a valid comment on this post on this website. Tell me about your favorite Christmas book when you were a child.
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  6. There will be one winner for this three-book giveaway selected at random, residing in the USA. No books will be mailed outside the USA.
  7. This giveaway starts on Thursday, December 11, 2014 and ends on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 5 pm.
  8. The winner will be notified via email on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
  9. Books will be mailed by Thursday, December 18,, 2014.
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