When I got to read the book, "Shivers! The Pirate Who's Afraid of Everything," by Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White (Harper Collins), I was really excited.

When I got home, I spent a half-hour reading 10-1/2 chapters, wondering if Shivers would ever survive the sharks swimming around his feet.

When I finally finished reading, I was cracking up. I read that he was afraid of street signs, water, clouds and spoons. How weird is that?

Now I want to be a pirate, sailing the seven seas, fighting squids, and climbing up the Statue of Liberty like Shivers did, along with his friend, Margo, and his fish, Albee.

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The book was hilarious and, of course, terrifying at times. I would recommend this book to any 7- to 10-year-olds who love pirates and hate eating snails.

RATING 5 smiles