- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick (August 2, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763672882
- ISBN-13: 978-0763672881
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pirate's Perfect Pet Hardcover – August 2, 2016
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PreS-Gr 2—"Well, shuck me an oyster and set sail for land. We needs to find me a pet." And so begins the journey of Captain Crave and his shipmates to find an animal companion. The captain and his crew dock their ship and search farm, zoo, and beyond to find a pet suitable for a pirate captain, but they don't strike gold (pun absolutely intended) until they wander into the Pet Emporium, where they become acquainted with—what else? A parrot! This entertaining ride following the shenanigans of a group of landlocked pirates meeting a plethora of animals will be a hit with all ages. Kids will chuckle at the elephant, who is too big; the goat, who is too nibbly; and the lion, whose ferocious antics result in Captain obtaining that peg leg he's been meaning to get. Ferry's story and Myers's acrylic and oil paint illustrations are a perfect match—the details in the writing and the accompanying pictures are hilarious and smart, and the dialect will encourage children to try out their best pirate accents. Animated readers may find a new favorite read-aloud in this book. The illustrations will delight kids, who will find something new every time they pick it up. VERDICT Great writing and vivid illustrations make this a sure bet for most collections.—Lindsay Jensen, Nashville Public Library
A master of bubbly, sunshiny, high-spirited spreads, Myers (Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bop!) paints the pirates leaping the fence into a farm, storming the zoo (where an encounter with a lion lets Captain Crave cross "peg leg" off his to-do list), and, at last, the pet store. "Shiver me Shih Tzus," cries the captain. "Thar be piles of pets!" One with colorful feathers draws attention by pooping on his hat. Ferry (Land Shark) fills her yarn with loads of pirate lingo and affectionate pokes at pirate tradition, while Myers’s luscious, thickly painted illustrations look as if they’ve been frosted. Readalouds don’t come much rowdier.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Rife with buccaneer-speak and salty seadog sentences, Ferry's text uses repetition to its greatest advantage. Meanwhile, Myers' thick acrylic and oil paints render both buccaneers and beasts in an attractive angular style while also hiding a multitude of tiny details (keep an eye at all times on the expressive skull on the captain's hat). As Capt. Crave says, "Shiver me Shih Tzus!" There's some fun here.
Ferry’s story and Myers’s acrylic and oil paint illustrations are a perfect match—the details in the writing and the accompanying pictures are hilarious and smart, and the dialect will encourage children to try out their best pirate accents. Animated readers may find a new favorite read-aloud in this book. The illustrations will delight kids, who will find something new every time they pick it up. Great writing and vivid illustrations make this a sure bet for most collections.
—School Library Journal
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According to the Perfect Pirate Captain checklist, a ship should have a pet so the captain and his crew set off on a quest for animals. The captain considers a wide range of farm and zoo animals before making a selection at the pet emporium.
Librarians will find this picture book to be useful for read-aloud activities. The colorful illustrations and diverse cast will attract the attention of young readers. The active dialog will keep listeners interested in the story. Teachers may find the book to be a fun way to kick off a unit on pets.
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Published Candlewick on August 2, 2016. ARC courtesy of the publisher.
The animal references are well done bringing about chuckles as each animal shows it's special quirks.
I truly enjoyed reading this book and rereading it to look upon the vibrant and showing illustrations which created it's own stories.
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Follow the hilarious illustrations and pun-filled narration that will appeal to adults as well as children. It's a great read aloud for all ages. Almost makes you long for the pirate life!