Yo ho ho! Pete loves pirates, but his mom thinks they are rude and messy. Then Pete and his mom go to see the Amazing Marco, and Marco hypnotizes Pete’s mom into thinking she’s a pirate! Now Pete’s mom won’t behave. She chases the neighbors. She steals underwear off other people’s clotheslines. She’s even flying the Jolly Roger over the house. Pete has to find the Amazing Marco. He wants his real mom back!
Pete loves to pretend that he is a pirate, and is disappointed when his mother does not want to join in and play. She does have tickets for the two of them to see a magic show, and offers herself as a candidate for hypnotism. Peter tells the magician that he wants his mom to think of herself as a pirate. A bit far-fetched, yes, but it gets even more outlandish. The magician dashes away to the hospital because his wife is having a baby, leaving mom as a pirate! Pete's mom takes her role very seriously, which creates all kinds of embarrassing situations. Resourceful Pete saves the day and mom becomes her old self. The magician's thank you is that denouement. A contemporary cartoon style fills the pages of this level 3 book in the "Step into Reading" series. This early reader has an opening page entitled "Dear Parent," which gives information about the books in this series and tips on helping children learn to read.