A pirate captain orders his brave and bumbling pirate crew to capture the entire alphabet--and they'll walk the plank if they're missing a single letter. Hilarious text and illustrations of adventurous animal pirates make this an irresistible alphabet book. Full color.A pirate captain orders his brave and bumbling pirate crew to capture the entire alphabet--and they'll walk the plank if they're missing a single letter. Hilarious text and illustrations of adventurous animal pirates make this an irresistible alphabet book. Full color.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2006-06-05 Those looking for an "M is for Matey" type of treatment will have to plunder elsewhere, as Sobel's (B Is for Bulldozer: A Construction ABC) alphabet does its playful swashbuckling in a slightly less traditional manner. True enough, Sobel's bossy pirate captain (depicted as an alligator wearing a rubber-ducky inner-tube around his waist) sets the seafaring adventure afloat when he roars quasi pirate-speak from the deck, " `R's not enough./ We need other letters/ to make us tough.'/ `Let's sail far away/ to find ABC's.' " A motley, if enthusiastic crew of yellow-toothed animal buccaneers rallies to his cry for a treasure hunt, chronicled in the jaunty rhyming story on the subsequent pages. "The anchor went into an A!/ A B floated by on the crystal clear bay." Young readers will find plenty of maritime and pirate-centric booty, including doubloons, hook, landlubber, yo-ho-ho-ho, and certainly X marking a special spot as they spy each letter printed in a bold red typeface. Cole's (Dinorella) rollicking, sweetly comic watercolors capture typically imagined details from a pirate band-deck swabbing, a tyrannical leader, walking the plank. And Sobel's action-filled story line gives the artist lots of leeway to be creative with other funny bits, too. Ahoy! A nifty concept book. Ages 2-5. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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