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ARCHIE AND THE PIRATES by Marc Rosenthal

ARCHIE AND THE PIRATES

By Marc Rosenthal (Author) , Marc Rosenthal (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-06-144164-6
Publisher: Joanna Cotler/HarperCollins

An utterly splendid bit of storytelling that acts like a cross between My Father’s Dragon and Curious George, with a little Babar thrown in for good measure. When a monkey named Archie accidentally washes up on the shores of a tropical island, it’s not two minutes before he’s found food and built himself a jaunty shelter. The island provides friends in the form of an ibis named Clarice and the tiger Beatrice. Unfortunately, cruel pirates (led by the deliciously named LaFaargh) soon come ashore and capture Beatrice. Using his monkey smarts, Archie outwits the nasty foes and all the local animals build homes by his side. Rosenthal’s remarkable style has all the pizzazz of modern storytelling with the look and feel of old-time picture-book classics. Brightly hued watercolors repeat shades of orange, black and green, giving the book a lively feel. Bound to be a family favorite oft repeated, this is one swell book. (Picture book. 4-8)