The opening episode of a rollicking pirate yarn replete with bones, heaps of treasure and Yo-Ho-Hos.
Transformed by a fabulously hideous Sea Witch into a talking skull-and-crossbones decorating a pirate hat, dashing buccaneer Jolly Jock Jenkins starts off at a disadvantage in a race against Captain Eggbert and his lizard-turned–giant green zombie Lil’ Buddy to fetch three hard-to-get curse-breaking items—a Dragon’s Tear, Black Beard’s beard and Big Foot’s Ingrown Toenail. Once Jolly lands atop the head of young pirate-wannabe Roger, however, and the two roar off aboard the souped-up flying boat Scully Bucket, the contest evens up. In a fine range of (often unpredictable) touch-activated flourishes, cannon fire, skeletons dance or light up, hilariously ugly monsters moan and rotting timbers groan. A moderately piratical-sounding narrator (joined on occasion by additional voices) supplies optional audio as the tale sails along to Dragon Mountain. After a double confrontation with an irritated but ticklish fire-breathing dragon and a pair of brutish but remarkably stupid rival thieves, the swashbuckling pirate hat and his attached pirate lad zoom away on their next quest. Stay tuned.
It’s an outing antic enough to cause rough young salts to hoist their sippy cups in glee. (iPad storybook app. 5-8)