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THE CASTAWAY PIRATES by Ray Marshall

THE CASTAWAY PIRATES

A Pop-Up Tale of Bad Luck, Sharp Teeth, and Stinky Toes

By Ray Marshall (Author) , Wilson Swain (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: April 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8118-5923-3
Publisher: Chronicle

Suitably rollicking verse describes the travails of a crew of pirates whose boat has sprung a leak. Desperately they try to plug it as a shark draws ever nearer, the doomful refrain repeating with each spread: “it’s way-hey-ho and down we go!” Each page turn reveals a tableau that opens easily to give readers a three-dimensional look at each phase of the ship’s sinking. The penultimate spread features a toothy shark gobbling the various items the pirates have thrown into the breach—“Now, would he eat them, too?” The subtitle gives readers a hint. Between the rhyme and the ease of opening, this should prove popular with piratically minded preschoolers. (Pop-up/picture book. 3-6)