Pirate's Perfect Pet

illus. by Matt Myers. 32p. Candlewick. Aug. 2016. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763672881.
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.

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