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The Swashbuckle Chuckle Paperback – March 12, 2012
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About the Author
Pat Hatt can be found in the east coast of Canada. He hates writing these bio things but doesn't mind talking in the third person. He dabbles in a little of this and a little of that, not afraid to attempt something new. He is owned by two cats, one of whom has his own blog, It's Rhyme Time. Yeah a rhyming cat, who knew? He would be considered a both person when it comes to cats and dogs. He is also quite the movie and TV buff. As you can probably tell does not take himself seriously and has more stuff in his head than is needed.
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At its heart, this book is about redemption and knowing what really matters most. In the case of the small village of the Leaping Laughs, it’s their golden fountain. In the case of the pirate Captain Frown Clown, it’s being able to show the world your true self, which is the exact opposite of frowning. This is a story that brims with meaningful undertones and a subtle teaching of the right values—perfect for young readers as it not only entertains, but leaves a few life-long lessons as well.
It’s important to note that the story is told in rhyme—using words that young readers can easily relate with and feel—which also makes it such a joy to read aloud to a group of youngsters eager to know whether or not One Shoe Kangaroo actually succeeds in his mission. Reading the rhymes aloud and rolling it in your tongue is a lot of fun—I know, because my young audience kept on roaring in laughter, especially when you stop and show them the beautiful illustrations (they’d love to see how Captain Frown Clown actually looks like and how One Shoe kangaroo’s belt buckle actually shines.
Overall, this is another collectible from author Pat Hatt—a book that is worth that space on your book shelf. Get a copy. I highly recommend. And of course, this also works great as a gift to your young reader friends.
This book is a great introduction to rhymes for children. The rhyme scheme is clever and well organized, mostly composed of alternate rhyming (ABAB), but Pat Hatt applies the rhyme structure AABB as well. The result is a very organized and purposeful text (no rhyme ever happens by chance!), because the rhymes are never predictable: the rhyming structure changes to favor the flow of words and the musicality. It is a marvelous book to make children laugh, as they will quickly memorize the rhymes and try to make their own.
In this sense, this book is also recommended to teachers. The puns in the book are a practical example of polysemy. Being able to use this book as a didactical/instructional tool to aid the learning of figures of speech is a plus. The puns dispersed along the conventional verses are an ingenious word play, especially when the author uses homophonous words and alliterations.
The illustrations, too, can make children laugh. “One Shoe Kangaroo” and the “Major Green Goat” are my favorites. I like how the characters are illustrated in literal way, while the poetry isn’t, of course, literal, but allusive. This is a good contrast, and it can be explained in the classroom by teachers too.
I highly recommend this book for parents and teachers alike. If there isn’t a price for a child’s laughter, then this book is priceless.
Swashbuckle Chuckle is a story about how everyone has enemies, and how you can overcome negativity by making an effort to understand each other's point of view.
With it's rhyming verse and quirky characters, Swashbuckle Chuckle is a delightful read.
The illustrations help lead the imagination and rhyming really works for
him because he gets so caught up in the story that he doesn't realize he is
wrapping his tongue around a few difficult sounds for him.
The book is so delightful that even grandpa popped in to hear it.
The illustrations in this book are fun and colorful – every character is unique and spattered with something interesting that makes them special. Captain Frown Clown, in particular, really gave me a laugh. What a funny name for a character! Another thing that was very funny was the portrait of the Author in the back of the book, with the cat on his head. That one made me laugh out loud!
Patrick Hatt’s writing style is fun and fresh. He packs just enough interesting words in to help teach younger readers, but also gives them just enough rhyme to make it silly and keep them entertained.
I would suggest this book to anyone with someone younger to read to. Get into it! The characters really lend themselves to funny voices, and it makes it more entertaining for everyone. Thanks for another great story, Pat!
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