This well-executed collection of swashbuckling verse features a broad cast that includes a lonely sea serpent ("It could be my manners they find unappealing./ It could be the way that I greet them./ It could be my temper, but I've got a feeling/ It's mostly the fact that I eat them"); the ghost of pirate Red Eye Jack ("We'll pilfer, swindle, lie, and curse,/ When things get bad, we'll make them worse"), and a pirate who has been transformed into a walrus by a witch. Harris's detailed and sea creature-studded illustrations have a touch of Steven Kellogg and Mercer Mayer, while Ode's poems read like rambunctious tall tales. Ages 4-7. (Mar.)[Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC
PreS-Gr 3--This enjoyably goofy, rowdy collection of verses covers pirate life from a multitude of entertaining angles. Readers meet magical creatures and a host of bumbling characters, including a pirate ghost, while also getting a chance to explore a ship and sample the cuisine: "'You best beware the biscuits, men,'/the cook called from the galley door./'They're tougher than they should have been./I dropped one, and it cracked the floor.'" The expressive cartoon illustrations have a lot of personality, exaggerating the characters to match the tone of the poetry. Full of jokes and fun, the singsong rhymes give the selections the feel of lively, sea shanties. These high-sea adventures make for comical armchair travel.--Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA[Page 72]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.