If You Ever Want to Bring a Pirate to Meet Santa, Don't!


By Elise Parsley

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The fourth book in the New York Times-bestselling Magnolia Says DON’T! series that started with If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! is another loud and cautionary tale of what not to do…when you visit Santa.

If your dad says you’re going to meet a bearded guy with a red suit and a bag full of treasures…he is not talking about meeting a pirate! But Magnolia has already invited the misbehaving swashbuckler to jump in line to meet Santa. So what if pirates are on the Naughty List? She’ll just teach this one to change his scurvy ways–no plundering or sword-fighting or plank-walking allowed! Plus, Santa is happy to hear everyone‘s wish list. Right?

It’s YO HO HO versus HO HO HO in this rowdy and raucous holiday guide on how not to meet Santa, from Elise Parsley, the bestselling creator of If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, DON’T!

  • Praise for If You Ever Want to Bring a Pirate to Meet Santa, Don't!:
  • "You don't need to be a pirate aficionado to enjoy this outrageously naughty addition to the holiday shelves."
    School Library Journal
  • "A rollicking adventure."
  • "An enthusiastic heroine buddies up with a pirate while waiting to see Santa.... Readers should appreciate that the pirate's moment of redemption is quickly eclipsed by his undeniably naughty nature."
    Publishers Weekly
  • "Four-year-olds will enjoy seeing Elise Parsley's Magnolia try to keep a pirate off the naughty list."
    The TODAY Show
  • "Pirates and Santa don't mix-or do they? No, they definitely don't, as Magnolia hilariously learns after she brings a pirate to meet another guy in a red suit."
  • "You wouldn't think that pirates and Christmas naturally go together... and they don't, but in hilarious ways."
    Good Housekeeping
  • "Little ones will love this silly story and grown-ups will get the chance to practice their best pirate voices when reading the book aloud."
    The Deseret News
  • "Amusing."
    USA Today
  • Praise for If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don't!:
    "Good fun to read aloud."
    Kirkus Reviews
  • "This enjoyable romp through the library with Magnolia will engage young readers and keep them looking forward to her next adventure."
    School Library Journal
  • "Spunky little Magnolia continues to push rules to the limit.... Offers a fun way to address proper library behavior without ignoring the joy books can bring."

  • Praise for If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don't!: "Magnolia's voice is wonderfully childlike...but her facial expressions top all, perfectly capturing both her exuberance and her mood swings."
    Kirkus Reviews
  • Praise for If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't!: A New York Times Bestseller
    "Brim[s] with energy and just-edgy-enough humor...and the well-chosen school-day details in both the artwork and text...deliver a steady stream of laughs."
    Publishers Weekly
  • "Comically expressive and detailed digital artwork that seems to shout from the page."
    Wall Street Journal

On Sale
Oct 16, 2018
Page Count
40 pages

Elise Parsley

About the Author

Elise Parsley has written and illustrated the New York Times bestseller If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to SchoolDON'T! and three other stories about Magnolia, as well as It's Tummy Time!How to Catch a Clover Thief, and Neck & Neck. She also illustrated The Magic Word by Mac Barnett. Elise and her family live in South Dakota, and she invites you to visit her website at eliseparsley.com.

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