SHIVER ME LETTERS by June Sobel

SHIVER ME LETTERS

A Pirate ABC
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 5 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

Joining the flotilla of volumes sailing along beneath the Jolly Roger, this alphabet takes a pirate crew with literary ambitions (of a sort) on a quest. “ ‘R,’ roared the captain. ‘R’s not enough. We need other letters to help make us tough. Let’s sail far away to find ABC’s. Bring me back D’s, E’s, F’s, and some G’s.’ ” Driven on by a crocodilian commander outfitted with both a hook and a rubber-ducky inner tube, a set of animal swabbies sail off to an island where, after Anchoring in a Bay, they proceed to gather a Cannonball, Doubloons and so on, capped by a cabinful of Z’s at weary day’s end. Just as Cole tucks easy-to-find letter forms into his cartoon scenes, Sobel artfully inserts multiple examples of each letter into her lines of verse for observant young readers to spot. Something of a sound-alike to Bill Martin Jr.’s classic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (1989, illus by Lois Ehlert), this will have young tars and lubbers alike happily signing on for the voyage. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-15-216732-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2006




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