The Pirts: A Short Story About Pirates

Introducing The Pirts: by Hannah age 8. Like Pirates, only briefer.
Introducing The Pirts: by Hannah age 8. Like Pirates, only briefer.

chapter one dinner

fry the bones

make the hair into spaghetti
Is this the most mournful horse you ever did see? I’m actually a little disturbed.
dish up
Is this a vampire pirate now? Not emo, anyway. Gleeful. Definitely gleeful.
salty sea
It’s hard to know when to end a story.

What Is ‘Ludic Reading’?


‘Ludic’ or ‘absorbed’ reading is a virtually trance-like state in which readers willingly become oblivious to the world around them. The term as used here comes from Hugh Crago and Victor Nell.This is by no means a universal phenomenon — some readers read like this, others can’t.

For readers with the ability to become so absorbed in a book, aesthetic quality has little to do with enjoyment.

Instead, children’s preferences are more to do with matching the books’ themes to their own particular developmental stage and inner world. (This explains all the parents I saw at the book fair, searching for ‘books about dinosaurs’ and ‘books about diggers’, grabbing everything they could find on the theme rather than looking at what I might call ‘quality’.)

Such matching between reader and book is similar to falling in love.

Texts that have this effect on readers are likely to be read again and again.The reader has to work for this — it’s not something that a book can one-sidedly do alone.

Ludic on its own means ‘showing spontaneous and undirected playfulness‘. (From Latin, related to ludere, ‘to play’ and ludus, ‘sport’.)

A Case For Reading Series While Young

It may be that narrow input is much more efficient for second language acquisition. It may be much better if second language acquirers specialize early rather than late. This means reading several books by one author or about a single topic of interest.

— from The Case for Narrow Reading by Stephen Krashen