LOUD EMILY by Alexis O’Neill


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Age Range: 5 - 8
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Seven-year-old Emily, a petite child with stentorian pipes, takes ship with whispery Captain Baroo and his “kind but luckless” crew rather than enroll in Miss Meekmeister’s School for Soft-Spoken Girls. Soon she’s indispensable, bellowing orders into the gale—“ ‘AVAST! LUFF HER UP BEFORE WE’RE STOVE!’ “—and summoning up friendly whales to steer the ship away from rocks. Ultimately, she finds an even worthier use for her talent, as a human foghorn for her New England hometown. Evoking American Primitive conventions, Carpenter poses stiff, comic wincing figures, clad in early 19th-century dress, in carefully appointed interiors and bustling outdoor scenes. An appealing nautical tale, this will have reflective readers wondering why whales would come to the rescue of a whaling ship, but O’Neill’s language has a roll and verve that captures her young heroine’s spirit perfectly. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-689-81078-4
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 1998


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