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Ship Ahoy! Hardcover – September 30, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1st edition (September 30, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068816644X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688166441
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,474,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A couch metamorphoses into a series of seaworthy vessels as a boy imagines himself sailing over the waters of a small blue rug. Much of the charm of this wordless, nearly monochromatic book lies in the play between the similarities and differences in the two illustrations on each spread. On the left, the boy sits on the couch with various props, positioned to suggest the oar of a canoe, the mast of a sailing ship or the periscope of a submarine. The right shows the imagined scene as the boy steers a raft or commands a huge ocean liner. While the left-hand scene is rendered with dark, broad lines (so broad that it's hard to tell exactly what the boy's props are), the imagined scene is more finely drawn and modulated with blue watercolor wash. The vessels become more elaborate as the boy's fantasy life confidently expands, until the sudden appearance of a huge colorful sea monster (in a three-panel fold-out spread) dwarfs him on a vulnerable raft. The monster turns out to be his mother's vacuum cleaner, and in the final image, mother and son read about boats while sitting on the rugAnow just a rug. Tender and inviting, this well-conceived book speaks to kids' twin needs for familiarity and adventure. Ages 3-up. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K This wordless picture book follows a small boy's imaginings as the couch he sits on transforms into a variety of vessels. The child wears a Native American headdress as he paddles a canoe; a baseball cap as he rigs the sail on a sailboat; a captain's hat on an ocean liner; a pirate's scarf as he steers the tiller of a pirate ship, and so on. Suddenly, a huge sea monster becomes visible, harbored in a foldout. On the next page, Mom appears and she and the boy rest safely on a raft as the creature dozes. The drawings are limned in shades of blue and green encircled by lots of clean, white space. The result is a charmingly simple, entrancing book. Rosie Peasley, Empire Union School District, Modesto, CA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sandshell on May 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This little gem of a book brings the reader into that imaginary world where everyday items engage the imagination into entertaining adventure. In Ship Ahoy, a small boy transforms his couch into a series of various sea-worthy vessels, much as the sheet used to turn our childhood tables into caves and houses. Safe in his own living room, with his mother nearby, he travels on these ships until another object from daily life threatens to undo his happy fantasy. Mom tames the beast and contentment returns, in the safety of Peter Sis' endearing illustrations.
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By JessPek on June 6, 2013
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ive bought all the peter sis carboard books. all seem to be perfectly made for boys. trucks trucks trucks is probably the best though.
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