Captain Jake

Captain Jake

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by Shannon Stewart, Ben Hodson
     
 

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Jake loves to hunt for treasure, so when the famous pirate Captain Kidd asks him to be his cabin boy, he can't refuse. But Jake soon learns that bringing home an invisible pirate can be a real disaster, particularly when the pirate is mortally terrified of his teenage sister. There are many rules of the sea, and Captain Kidd's own cabin boy, Richard Barleycorn,

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Overview

Jake loves to hunt for treasure, so when the famous pirate Captain Kidd asks him to be his cabin boy, he can't refuse. But Jake soon learns that bringing home an invisible pirate can be a real disaster, particularly when the pirate is mortally terrified of his teenage sister. There are many rules of the sea, and Captain Kidd's own cabin boy, Richard Barleycorn, teaches Jake how to face his biggest fear, Boris Baxter, the meanest boy in the whole school.

Editorial Reviews

Tucson Unified School District
"A good beginning chapter book for younger students...Recommended."
CM Magazine
"Shannon Stewart definitely knows what appeals to young boys... Recommended."
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"This easy-to-read, beginning chapter book blends fictional character with real facts...Large print, short chapters and many full page illustrations make this a good chapter book for developing readers."
The Bookmark (BCTLA)
"Fast-paced easy fiction that many boys and girls would enjoy. The theme of bullying is addressed in a simple, light-hearted yet relevant matter. Recommended."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"The plot of the story is very well developed for a young reader, and doesn't lend itself to sugary sweetness, but hilarious humor that readers will enjoy and relate to in their own family. This is an excellent mix of plot, theme, and character development that will push a beginning reader into chapter books without a struggle."
Children's Literature - JoAn Watson Martin
Jake the collector dreams about finding a treasure. He is always in trouble at school, especially when he tries to cut a lock of Terri's golden hair to add to his collection. After staying at school for detention, Jake walks home with his eyes on the ground, searching the gutters for a valuable find. Then Boris Baxter takes Jake's best blue marble. When Jake finds a gold doubloon, Captain Kidd appears and asks Jake to become his cabin boy. They go to Jake's house, and the boy realizes that the pirate is invisible to everyone else. His family thinks Jake has finally flipped. Nevertheless, Jake is game for pirate adventure. They set sail. He and Captain Kidd face stormy weather on the Indian Ocean when they travel back in time. Jake develops a sick stomach when the cook orders him to help rid the ship of scorpions, spiders, and rats. Jake wakes up in his own bed, but the most important of the pirate ten rules, "When Bothered By Bullies and Rats. . . . Act Like A Pirate," saves Jake and his treasures. Ben Hodson's black-and-white cartoon-like illustrations will draw the reader in. Beginning readers will appreciate that this early chapter book is intended for children moving out of picture book reading. They may be interested to know that Shannon Stewart was inspired by reality; she lives by the sea in Vancouver and often spots young pirates digging for treasure. Reviewer: JoAn Watson Martin

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551438962
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Series:
Orca Echoes Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
450L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Read an Excerpt

Jake saw something very strange. Even stranger than his older sister Gladys after she dyed her hair green.

There was a pirate standing on top of a teeter-totter. The pirate rocked back and forth as if he were on a ship in a stormy sea. Jake rubbed his eyes and stared.

"Ahoy, my hearty!" roared the pirate when he saw Jake.

"Me?" squeaked Jake.

"Ahoy, cabin boy! What are you doing in those bushes?"

Meet the Author

Ben Hodson is an artist who loves a good adventure, like hiking the Rocky Mountains with rescued wild burros, living in a mountain village in Nepal, or drawing comics with youth in South Africa. These experiences bring inspiration and new perspectives to his craft. Ben illustrates mostly for children in books, magazines and textbooks.

Ben is the 2004 recipient of the Glass Slipper Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Canadian Conference. He does presentations and workshops at local schools and libraries. Ben lives in Ottawa, Ontario, with his wife May and his daughter Zoe. Please visit his website at www.benhodson.ca.

Shannon Stewart is the author of Sea Crow (Orca, 2004),Alphabad: An Alphabet Book for Wicked Children! (Key Porter Books 2005), and Captain Jake (Orca, 2008). She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Shannon lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and two children in a small cottage by the sea where she sometimes spots young pirates digging for treasure.

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Captain Jake 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is so dumb
Anonymous More than 1 year ago