CYRUS THE UNSINKABLE SEA SERPENT by Bill Peet

CYRUS THE UNSINKABLE SEA SERPENT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Challenged to go out and wreck a ship, sea serpent Cyrus decides to protect one instead when he hears an old man putting a curse on a vessel full of poor people bound for a new land across the sea. Cyrus puffs the Primrose out of the doldrums, sees her through a squall by making a life preserver of his body, smashes a threatening pirate ship, and finally tows his charge to shore when she loses her sails in a battle. Whereupon the landed passengers wave and cheer from atop a huge rock and Cyrus, ""very tired for some reason or other,"" goes off to rest for a month on a Caribbean island. Cyrus won't make history but Peet's crayoned storms, smashed hulls and volleys keep this moving at a comfortable clip while the general amiability makes it easy to drift along in Cyrus' wake.

Pub Date: March 12th, 1975
ISBN: 0395313899
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin