Like many, I grew up on Little Golden Books. Heck, even my mother, who is REALLY old, has fond memories of The Poky Little Puppy. These books have been around since 1942, and while they still have the recognizable gold edging, the topics have changed a bit. Mixed in with classic fairy tales like The Twelve Dancing Princesses, you'll find Barbie and Spiderman titles.
I should probably wait until September to review this one, but that's a long time for it to sit on my desk.
Author Sue Fliess is already a favorite here (and at home), and this title has the same easy rhyme and rhythm. Maybe I'm still in party mode from last week, but I can easily see this being the centerpiece of a pirate-themed birthday party. Read it at the start, then plan your decorations and activities around it. Make your own parrot, eat with pirate manners, have a battle with marshmallow catapults, and then search for buried treasure. At less than $4 each, you can even give each partygoer his or her own copy to take home! (Hmm...I'm getting into this now...whose birthday is coming up next?)
My only quibble with Little Golden Books, shared by many librarians, is that they just aren't built to last on a library shelf. They make great prizes, though, so into the summer reading cabinet with this one! Check your local book store to get your own copy, or order directly from Random House Children's Books.