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The Pirate Cruncher Hardcover – April 13, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Templar; 1 edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763648760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763648763
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 11.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3—The dastardly Captain Purplebeard and his greedy crew are on the track of "…a shipload of treasure!...Diamonds and rubies and gold beyond measure…." They set sail in their ship, The Black Hole, following a mysterious fiddle player (are those strings on his arms and legs?) who has a treasure map. Heedless of the subsequent verses of the fiddler's song, which warn of some sort of monster "pirate cruncher," the motley crew also disregards certain other strange happenings and perseveres to their ultimate end. Their fate is told mostly in rollicking but sometimes uneven rhymed text. The striking illustrations in bold colors are digitally rendered with great effect, delineating each individual pirate and slyly hinting at the surprise that's coming—visual clues that every self-respecting pirate lover will delight in pointing out knowledgeably after the first reading. An amusing book to savor and enjoy.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Just when you think there couldn't possibly be space on the shelf for another pirate-related picture book, another comes around that reminds you pirates may well just be one of those inexhaustible mines. A loony old fiddler enchants a pirate crew with a tale of unimaginable treasure on an island far out to sea. The good ship Black Hole sets out with the fiddler aboard, whetting the crew's insatiable appetite for booty, then inflating their fears with warnings of a monster who “likes to eat pirates who come for the treasure, / and chews up their ships just for good measure.” Captain Purplebeard won't have any of it, and even if kids see the truth lurking beneath a final gatefold, it doesn't make the pirate-gobbling monster's splash appearance any less squeal worthy. Duddle's digital artwork has the cartoony physicality of high-tech animated art without the off-putting CGI sheen one might expect. The goony, googly-eyed buccaneers heaped onto each page and the chantey cadences of the text make this a certain winner for jaunty read-alouds. Preschool-Grade 2. --Ian Chipman

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I bought this book for 4 year old grandson.
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Good book to look at because of the great art and the story is fun for everyone.
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Me and my son have read this book several times.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Samantha J. Lehmann on December 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Ok! We just shared this - 3, 7, 9 year olds LOVVVED it. Each found something different - Mommy look at the strings on the old pirate. What's that tentacle? That's not a hand! What did the monkey catch. None of them guessed what LURKED below the tranquil island ladden with treaure - not even my 9 year old. I thought we'd never finish for all the sidenotes they were adding. Oh my! Please, please let him have another (equally as good book). If you DON"T buy this or get it from the library (we will never return it--- they want to study it for clues... seriously?, you are nuts... I would definately have LOVED to have this to teach foreshadowing, irony, even a parable of the three warnings. Best kids book in years!!!! Who votes for the Caldecott?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Craig Vroom on November 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is one beautiful children's book about pirates! Jonny Duddle entices the reader right from the beginning with the text: "All was unusually quiet in Port Royal...but if you listened carefully, on the docks, down the alleyways, and in the candlelit taverns, you could hear the faint sound of a fiddle floating in the wind." And if that weren't enough, the illustrations are truly amazing, placing the reader right into that darkened scene - one that stirs the imagination and brings foreboding and adventure at the same time. I love the characters - from the Old Fiddler to Pirate Purplebeard of Pendow! And I was ready to sign on as a crewmember and reap my share of the booty - but was glad I didn't in the end. Well done, Jonny Duddle!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By www.firrkids.com on May 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you have ever actively searched for a pirate book, then you have probably already discovered there really aren't that many good choices out there. This one has all the necessary elements that a really great pirate story demands. These pirates look like real pirates, (how my brain imagine they should look anyway) sporting big, bushy beards, missing a few nonessential body parts and overall looking quite sea-worn. They talk like real pirates, employing phrases like "me hearties" and "cowardly landlubbers" and they sing sea shanties. Even the author's name - Johnny Duddle - sounds like a shipmate, doesn't it?

The dastardly (good pirate names, too!) Captain Purplebeard and his cutthroat crew are throwing a few back at the Thirsty Parrot (see!) when a traveling fiddler appears, prattling on about an island of gold deep in the sea. Of course,this grabs the crew's attention and they start dreaming of diamonds, rubies and gold. If the pirates will provide the transportation, the bony fiddler will reveal his map and they will all share the bounty. A deal is made!

Once en route, the fiddler warns them that this island has a habit of vanishing and nobody has ever safely returned from a visit there. Nonsense! The pirates are undeterred. They sail on a bit and the fiddler also thinks to mention there is monster than lurks about this island. This pirate cruncher eats up the pirates and then chews up their ships. Ooh, I think I see a tentacle rising up out of the sea, as a warning of what's ahead. Still, they press on.

When the pirates reach their destination, they are elated to discover a chest filled with treasures beyond their wildest dreams. But, just like the fiddler warned, a pirate cruncher lurks below the surface.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"The Pirate Cruncher" is a sea dog's tale of a map to hidden treasure. Captain Purplebeard and his scurvy, cutthroat crew hear a sea chantey that tells them of a treasure they long to find, hidden on a vanishing island. Oh, and one more thing, "There's also a monster, or so they say,/ That likes to eat pirates who come for the treasure,/ and chew up their ships,/ Just for good measure." But the pirate cruncher does not deter Captain Purplebeard, for he is the Scourge of the Sea! Kids will love the scary, dark colored digital media illustrations of Captain Purplebeard and his ship and crew, the treasure, and the Pirate Cruncher. The pirates' thoughts are often comically pictured in little black and white balloon illustrations that stand out nicely against the macabre backgrounds. "The Pirate Cruncher" has a moral and a surprise ending that will keep kids reading and turning pages. It will appeal to the lusty crew of 5-7 year-old pirates-and-monsters-in-training.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Canadian girl on February 20, 2011
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Got this book out of the library and decided immediately that we needed our own copy. The illustrations are fantastic - beautiful and extremely entertaining. The story is delightful with a twist at the end which had us reading it all a second time to verify. Much of the book is written as a song and the conversation is composed of classic pirate lingo. I hope the author/illustrator writes many more books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Noschang on October 19, 2012
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My son Jacob LOVES this book. We must have read it to him 200 times. It is well drawn, and is one of the cleverest children's books I have ever read. This is a must buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary M. on October 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What a winner. We have bought this book over and over again for birthday and Christmas presents for kids ages 3 to 9. There is enough going on to entertain the grown-ups who read it repeatedly, and a very clever ending. One of my kids' favorites.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Felipe Cavalcanti on May 19, 2013
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Me and my son have read this book several times. He enjoys it very much. Everytime we read it I find some detail I hadn't noticed before. A great story, with magnificent illustration.

I agree that the black letters on the dark blue background make it very hard to read the book with dim lighting, but that does not remove any part of our enjoyment.
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