This yule-tide brings pirates! "Pirate Santa" is a charming children's pirate picture storybook that promises to emerge as a Christmas classic as early as 2011 when it hits the stands in December. This delightful mix of bold buccaneers and swashbuckling good fun teaches the universal values of honesty, integrity and good form.
Award Winningentrepreneur, Clay Clement, Publishes Surprise Holiday "Must Have" Children's Pirate Picture Book - "Pirate Santa" with Talk Like a Pirate Day's - Cap'n Slappy (Mark Summers) available online at www.piratesanta.com
Clay Clement, owner of Studio City Tattoo, Los Angeles' favorite destination for skin art, has embarked on a new adventure. Clement's award winning tattoo shop is already known for celebrity clients highlighted by Pat Benatar, Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus, Will I am (Black Eyed Peas), Kirstie Alley (Dancing with the Stars), Cher, Tommy Lee, Slash and Lenny Kravits to mention a few. But today, Studio City's own "gentle giant" returns to the spotlight as an author of a children's book inspired by his desire to dedicate a "pirate themed" Christmas tale to his two children. Clement's "Pirate Santa" is a well executed visual fable that succeeds by incorporating the best elements of "Treasure Island", Dr. Seuss and "Peter Pan." For this labor of love, Clement wisely enlisted the help of artist, Jun Alvarado and author, Mark Summers to help flesh out the story and write the poetry. With the help of their friends, Clement and Summers have crafted an endearing lyrical narrative about the struggle for understanding and respect between children of all ages and cultures.
Pre-sales of this delightful new children's picture book among the niche pirate community are already brisk with forecasted sales to rise as the crossover market becomes more aware of this surprising literary gem. The book not only succeeds with kids who are fascinated by pirates or fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean Disney franchise, but with parents who are committed to making wise purchases this holiday season. The book retails for a reasonable $19.95 and comes with several extras including a "pirate coin" that is redeemable for product. Alvarado's artwork shines as a "camera ready" showcase of an artist who understands how books, cartoons and movies overlap.
Story: "Pirate Girl" and" Ninja Boy" don't meet Santa's narrow definition of "nice" and are, therefore, ineligible for the trappings of a Merry Christmas. Their plight is championed by their dad, "Papa Tal" and the crew of the pirate ship of which he is a member - including the irrepressible captain, "Cap'n Slappy." (Who happens to be Santa's pirate cousin .) They overcome obstacles and work together to makes sure that Christmas comes to ALL the children - including Pirate Girls and Ninja Boys. And along the way, they get help from some unexpected allies.
About Studio City Tattoo: Winner of Citysearch best of Los Angeles 5 times in a row 2005-2010, winner of Fox LA's best of LA . Studio City Tattoo has been tattooing stars in Hollywood for 20 years. Many of Hollywood's top names have come through our doors , Pat Benatar, Miley & Billy Ray Cyrus, Will I am, Kirstie Alley, Cher, Tommy Lee, Slash and Lenny Kravits to mention a few.
About Mark Summers: In addition to being one of the two co-founders of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Summers has spent the last twenty-five years working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with children who "color outside the lines." Summers has a B.S. (Psychology), MSW (Masters in Social Work), LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) (State of Oregon), an impressive 24 years of clinical work with children who have a variety of disabilities from terminal illness, multiple physical impairments and blindness to children who are severely behaviorally and emotionally disturbed. Summers has worked for the Linn Benton Lincoln Educational Services District for the past 18 years as a Behavior Consultant serving schools in rural Linn County Oregon. He co-founded International Talk Like a Pirate Day with John (Ol' Chumbucket) Baur and has co-authored two published books: "Pirattitude: So You Wanna Be a Pirate? Here's How!" and "The Pirate Life: Unleashing Your Inner Buccaneer!"
About Jun Alvarado: Juan "Jun " Alvarado was born in East L.A. and raised in Pasadena. He grew up with the passion for art and excelled at art at an early age. He later went on to attend Associates in Art and later went on to graduate from Art Center college of design. He has won honorable mention by Society of Illustrators. Jun has had a good career in toy industry, gaming industry and also publishing industry. He now works full time as a game designer.
Visit www.piratesanta.com for more information and to see excerpts from the book.