Captain Cutlass needs to wear glasses. If his crew finds out, they'll make him walk the plank! What good is a pirate who can't read a treasure map? Will Captain Cutlass be able to keep his secret?
Children's Literature - Sara LorimerCaptain Cutlass has a secret. Only Peggle, his parrot, knows it. Captain Cutlass has trouble seeing, but if the members of his crew find out, he's afraid they will make him walk the plank! Pirates don't wear glasses, Captain Cutlass tells his crew, even as he misidentifies a flock of birds as a cloud (and their droppings as "smelly white rain"). A giant squid tries to sink the Barracuda, but the captain thinks it's seaweed his crew has failed to clean up. "'Clear the decks, you lily- livered layabouts!' roared Captain Cutlass. 'Aye, aye, Captain!' said the pirates as they began to wrestle with the giant squid." The long- suffering Peggle keeps trying to get the captain to put on his glasses, but the pirate's pride stops him from doing so. Despite the captain's poor eyesight, the Barracuda manages to reach Treasure Island, and the crew sets to work digging for buried treasure. After searching first here, then there, "the crew members of the Barracuda were sweaty and frazzled. They had all had enough. Salty Sally was sulking. Fearsome Fergus' face was as red as his beard." The captain faces mutiny. Realizing the only way he's going to read the treasure map is with his glasses on, he puts them on and sees that his crew members have all put on their eyeglasses, too. "'Boggle me eyeballs!' said Captain Cutlass. 'Pirates do wear glasses!'" With his improved eyesight the captain finds the treasure, and all is well (with a funny ending). The book is lighthearted, funny and a tiny bit crude; the cartoon-like illustrations are equally amusing. This is a great book for children who are getting their first pairs of glasses, but it works just as well as an amusing story. Reviewer:Sara Lorimer
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