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It's Not a School Bus, It's a Pirate Ship

It's Not a School Bus, It's a Pirate Ship

It's Not a Book Series, It's an Adventure

Mickey Rapkin; illustrated by Teresa Martinez



A boy overcomes his first-day-of-school fears by imagining It's Not a School Bus, It's a Pirate Ship! Set sail on the high-seas with him in this picture book adventure by writer Mickey Rapkin and illustrator Teresa Martinez!

The first day of school means the first ride on the school bus. But who will I sit with? What if no one talks to me?

Luckily this isn’t a school bus, it’s a pirate ship!

And this crew has one motto: “One for all and all for FUN!” So set sail on a voyage across the high seas! And prepare to make some pirate buddies along the way in this adventure about overcoming your anxiety.

An Imprint Book

“Rapkin and Martinez build on the imaginative fun of It’s Not a Bed, It’s a Time Machine . . . Martinez’s whimsical flights of fancy fill the illustrations to bursting. Imagination conquers fear yet again.” —Kirkus Reviews

Praise for It's Not a School Bus, It's a Pirate Ship

“The dedication to this team’s buoyant follow-up to It’s Not a Bed, It’s a Time Machine speaks volumes: “For anyone who sat alone on the school bus.” Whether readers have or haven’t, they will eagerly climb aboard this playfully out-of-the-ordinary ride ... Martinez’s digital art gives the bus a highly imaginative seafaring transformation.” —Publishers Weekly

Praise for It's Not a Bed, It's a Time Machine:

Where the Wild Things Are meets Harold and the Purple Crayon with an imagination that's brand new...These are illustrations that deserve to be explored again and again.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Dreamlike...the simple story and colorful illustrations successfully combine to spark readers’ imaginations.” —School Library Journal


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Mickey Rapkin; illustrated by Teresa Martinez

Mickey Rapkin is a journalist and screenwriter whose first book, Pitch Perfect, inspired the hit film series about a cappella singing. Previously a senior editor at GQ, he is the author of Theater Geek, and has written for The New York Times, ELLE, Bon Appetit, and National Geographic Traveler. He lives in Los Angeles when he isn't surfing the high seas, matey! He is the author of It’s Not a Bed, It’s a Time Machine.

Teresa Martinez was born in Mexico. She was a very shy girl at school, and drawing helped her connect with other children. When she grew up she studied graphic design and started illustrating picture books. Now she lives in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, drawing for kids as she did during her school days, and that makes her happy. Her books include The Little Girl with the Big Voice and The Halloween Tree.

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