PRINCE AND PIRATE by Charlotte Gunnufson
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PRINCE AND PIRATE

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Age Range: 4 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Two pet fish duke it out, scale to scale.

Prince, an entitled goldfish, and Pirate, a fish of a decidedly naughty nature, are content as can be within their own little bowls. Then along comes the terrible day when they find themselves sharing a single tank. Prince considers Pirate to be a downright “cheeky cod,” while Pirate can’t stand sharing space with this “worm-eaten peg leg.” Taking a cue from classic movies and sitcoms of yore, they make a line down the tank’s center constructed from white pebbles. But when a cute little dogfish enters their domain (complete with doghouse), they both realize the only way to win its trust is to come to terms with each other. While both the impetus for bringing these two mortal enemies together and the final denouement fail to ring completely true, there’s no denying that the book is a godsend to pirate-themed storytimes nationwide. Gunnufson delights in language, both Prince’s high-falutin’ royal speak and Pirate’s down-and-dirty buccaneer-inflected growl. Lowery, meanwhile, endows his flippered foes with enough humor and heart to sink an ocean liner. Such jokes as Pirate’s surreptitious lift of his eye patch to better view Prince will not go unnoticed.

A watery odd couple perfect for potential royals and scurvy curs alike. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: May 9th, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-399-17604-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Putnam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2017




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