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Ned the Knitting Pirate Hardcover – August 23, 2016
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—The scurvy pirates aboard the Rusty Heap are a scruffy and scrappy and happy crew. "We're tougher than gristle and barnacle grit./We heave, and we ho, and we swab, and we…knit!!!" Or at least Ned does, much to the captain's disgust. Readers join a celebration when Ned's enormous hand-knitted blanket saves the day by sending a sail-eating sea monster back to the deep for a 100-year-long nap. Murray's couplets flow with unique images like a "skull-trim appliqué" and a "briny ocean beast." Lammle's charming, rounded cartoon characters include a watchful mermaid and a monkey who appears on nearly every page. The soft palette and friendly crew should please even the youngest pirate fans. Makers will want to take Ned's lead and teach their mates a stitch or two. VERDICT A great read-aloud for pirate-themed storytimes, and, by tale's end, listeners will join in on the refrain.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
"Not every traditional childhood play scenario stands the test of time, but this delightful book shows the awesome flexibility of pirates."–The New York TImes Book Review
"Murray (City Shapes) crafts her rhymes as conscientiously as Ned works on his knitting... Ned’s stout commitment to knitting and his poise in the face of derision make him a thoroughly lovable hero." –Publishers Weekly
"A rollicking and rhyming adventure... perfect for reading aloud."–Kirkus Reviews
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