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Ned the Knitting Pirate Hardcover – August 23, 2016
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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
Top customer reviews
Bravo, Ned! Knit on.
And bravo, Diana Murray for delightful rhyme and an entertaining story. Also, Lammle's illustrations are perfect for this tale.
I know children will enjoy this book, but I also hope it inspires them to knit. I could write volumes on how healthy and therapeutic knitting can be for children, not to mention how fabulous it is for teaching math. Schools should offer it beginning in elementary school. They do in other countries, to great success.
A suggestion: If you purchase this book, purchase a hard copy and not the Kindle version. The print is small on the Kindle version, and the story and illustrations really need to be enjoyed in the glory of full, picture book-size pages.
PS: Murray's CITY SHAPES is another outstanding picture book by her. Highly recommend. I've yet to read her other books, but I'm sure going to now.