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Fluffy, Scourge of the Sea Hardcover – February 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580890997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580890991
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,524,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–While out yachting, Fluffy, a dapper poodle, is caught by canine pirates. As they begin to taunt him for his foppish clothes and his name, he resourcefully declares that he is the boldest and most powerful pirate, "the scourge of the sea." The skeptical captain challenges the newcomer to a duel, which Fluffy wins handily. He then goes on to outsing, outcook, and outthink the buccaneer captain, resulting in the crew putting him out to sea and declaring Fluffy their new leader. After the poodle teaches the dogs that being cute will reward them more than plundering, they clean up the ship and themselves and become hugely successful and endearing pooches. The bouncing rhyming text is perfectly matched by the watercolor art. Using plenty of white space, the contrast of scurvy crew and the dandyish poodle will tickle young readers. Yo ho ho for Fluffy!–Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI

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PreS-Gr. 2. After canine pirates capture Fluffy and his yacht, things look grim for the elegant poodle. Surrounded by a crew of scurvy sea dogs, he adopts the initially unconvincing persona, "Fluffy the Scourge of the Sea." He soon defeats the pirate captain in a series of challenges: fencing lessons come in handy during a sword fight, gourmet beats gruel in a cooking contest, and a song of hope turns the crew away from piratical thoughts. As silly as a four-year-old could wish for, but witty and well made too, the rhymed couplets flow easily as the likable hero bounds from triumph to triumph, each absurd and unlikely yet seemingly inevitable in the dogs' cartoonlike world. Chesworth's watercolor-and-colored-pencil artwork offers plenty of amusing details as well as well-composed, energetic, entertaining scenes that meld the drama with plenty of comedy. Carolyn Phelan
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Fluffy is a privileged, pampered poodle, And, we might suppose he's no match for a large, vicious pirate dog. Guess again.

Lolling comfortably on his yacht, Fluffy is suddenly overtaken by a large ship flying a Jolly Roger. Of course, it's manned by pirates, and they think Fluffy is the biggest pushover on the bounding main. They laughed aloud as they brought him on board. Nobody but a pantywaist would wear ruffles, bows, and have his name on his collar.

Well, Fluffy had a spine, and he quieted their laughter with the announcement that he was "Fluffy - Scourge of All the Sea!" Of course, the pirates were dubious about this but as Fluffy strutted about the deck he began to look more and more like a buccaneer to them.

The pirate captain hoped to prove Fluffy was a fake by challenging him to a duel. Little did he know that Fluffy had gone to fencing school. More contests followed to see exactly who was the most powerful and capable of being the ship's captain.

Michael Chesworth's whimsical watercolor and pencil illustrations perfectly capture Fluffy, the Captain, and all the canine crew.

- Gail Cooke
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne B. Levy on May 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Using standard-issue quatrains with frequent lapses in meter and rhymes that only occasionally surprise, Bateman still manages to create one of the more memorable buccaneers to prowl the Seven Seas.

Fluffy's a preening poodle captured unawares on his yacht by a shipload of canine brigands. Rather than cower with his tail between his legs, he strikes a fierce pose and insists he's also a pirate, and both the yacht and all his tasty kibble are really loot.

He challenges the burly, bulldog of a captain for his ship, and the two opposites match off in a funny sequence that leaves the growling sea dog, well, out to sea. Fluffy then gives the ship and its flea-bitten crew a makeover, teaching them how a few manners will more easily fill their bellies -- not to mention getting a few good belly rubs.

What am I to make of this? Perhaps inside every ornery cur is a lapdog scratching to come out. Or that scurvy strays need love too. Or that even sporting a big, pink bow in your hat doesn't make you less of a man, er, mutt.

I really don't know. I really don't care. It's fun anyway.
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Format: Paperback
While babysitting my young next-door neighbors, I read "Fluffy: Scourge of the Sea" to them, about a year or so ago. These two little boys liked it, laughing out loud - but I LOVED it; I actually found it to be more sophisticated (and hysterically funny) than the author may have intended. Certainly, Fluffy teaches the pirates a thing or two, in memorable fashion, but the rhymes and illustrations are appealing to adults, if for nothing more than sheer entertainment value. Buy "Fluffy" for the kids, but keep it in YOUR bookcase....when you're having a bad day, reread Fluffy and you'll instantly smile and feel a lot better!
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I have been looking for this book and finally found it. Yes! Fun read for the whole family. Love it!
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