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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553377079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553377078
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,104,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–I wished so hard/To sail the sea/That the sea/Sailed right to me! A boy and his dog, Skipper, take off from their small urban backyard into an ocean full of adventure, complete with a ship. Together they encounter enormous waves, a foul-smelling beast with nine heads, mermaids, and an island of crocodiles, pirates, and buried treasure. The rhyming text gives the boy's account of their fast-paced voyage and eventual getaway. Finally, they land safely back home where the sea morphs back into a small wading pool. The warm gouache illustrations full of soft lines and sharp humor really bring this book to life. On the final spread, the child winds down with an evening bubble bath, but readers will know that he and Skipper are already planning their next high-seas escapade. For young children wishing for adventure, this book celebrates the art of pretend.–Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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The girl and her dog featured in I Wished for a Unicorn (2000) return for another flight of imagination. Wishing to sail the sea, the dauntless duo find an ocean swelling up in their backyard. Their ensuing shipboard adventures involve a sea monster, a crocodile, a buried treasure, a crew of pirates, and a helpful dolphin. The rhyming verses use plain words in the story's realistic beginning and ending and high-blown nautical language, some of it quite inventive, in its more imaginative center. Adults reading aloud may find themselves stuttering a bit through passages such as "When up surged nine heads / Of a foul-smelling beast / With mean teethy mouths, / Ready to feast." The key is to read slowly, allowing children plenty of time to absorb the unspoken narrative and entertaining details in Denton's equally inventive, always appealing paintings. Carolyn Phelan
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Robinson on May 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book tells in rhyming verse the story of a boy and his dog glorying in an adventure-filled day at sea. The small, orange-haired narrator and his dog, Skipper start out with a toy boat in a backyard wading pool.Then the boy's imagination runs amok, and he and Skipper set sail. They encounter a sea monster, a deserted island, and a band of pirates, and eventually sail home on the back of a helpful porpoise. The story celebrates imagination and adventure.

The rhyming text is catchy, and should appeal to younger children, making it easy from them to predict the end of the next line. Heidbreder is not afraid to use grown-up words from time to time, too, as in this exchange:

I shimmied the rigging

To the crow's nest.

I skimmed the deep blue

From east to west.

I like the internal parallel of "shimmied" and "skimmed". On an earlier page, he writes: "A ship came billowing by." It's beautiful. At first I thought that some of the rhymes were too simple. But they resonated in my head long after I had closed the book, and I've concluded that the poetry is actually quite powerful. Here's another example:

Up popped a porpoise.

It offered a ride.

We bobbed through the drink

As it swam with the tide.

The colorful gouache illustrations (like watercolor, but with more pigment) spill from each page, as though Denton's enthusiasm can't quite be contained. Gouache is the perfect medium to capture the colors of the ocean. I especially enjoyed the "rogue wave", a gloomy face made from a fall of water. Other pictures share sly little jokes with the discerning reader, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Sandford on January 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The child narrator is androgynous in text and especially in illustration, an interesting concept, for the story can then be personally applicable to a boy or girl. Imagination runs this story: a backyard wading pool, a toy boat, a kid and a dog are the elements of composition for a wonderful sea-faring adventure which includes high waves, a sea monster, and pirate treasure. Rhyming text, although not always smooth, moves the story along, and large print offers itself to young readers. Occasional archaic words may have adults scratching their heads, but children enjoy having fun with words and language, and will definitely giggle at expressions like "teethy mouths" and "we bobbed through the drink." The gouache/watercolor illustrations are highly appropriate to the theme. Parents may find the image of the kid thumbing his nose at the pirates to be objectionable, but overall, it's a pleasant and attractive book.
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