PIRATES IN THE PARK by Thom Roberts

PIRATES IN THE PARK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Berson's fluent clarity is evident here but there's none of his saucy French folktale wit in this Babes in Toyland crew or in Roberts' conventional story of a loner making friends. Jenny, at the park with her dog Mose and her toy animals and soldiers, envies the pirate ship launched in the pond by a group of boys who tease her about the boat she's made from a walnut shell. Then the S.S. Walnut grows into a fine schooner and Jenny, Mose and the toys board her, set sail and do battle with the boys who now man the pirate ship. Jenny wins by cannon-shooting a tree which falls on The Skull and sinks it, and even though it all turns out to be a daydream the boys' pirate ship has been crushed by a falling log and the kids now gather round Jenny to play with her toys. Berson's outdoor setting introduces some fresh air and sunshine to an otherwise unremarkable nursery fantasy.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1973
Publisher: Crown