THE YOUNGEST CAPTAIN by Jay Williams

THE YOUNGEST CAPTAIN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

As usual Jay Williams adds some splashy new twists to an old story -- this one about a small boy who sets out to prove to his father that he's big enough to steer the family boat. Even the imaginary sea voyage that Pim takes on an upturned three-legged table departs from the usual predictable pretending; Pim's real-life companion is the fat and sleepy Henk, and his imagined adversaries are a race of ice people whom he chases away (they fear being melted) by shooting hot pancakes from a cannon. Henstra too supplies his own distinctive touch, and his odd folk art figures (people and animals rendered to resemble carved or molded representations of themselves) show up well in this Netherlands setting, set off with clear blues and greens of countryside and sea and sturdy nautical detail.

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1972
Publisher: Parents' Magazine Press