Henry & the Crazed Chicken Pirates

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“The illustrations give a goofy elasticity to the characters. . . . Youngsters will cheer for humble Henry, who becomes a hero because he is so well prepared.”
—School Library Journal

Barnacle Black Ear and his band of Buccaneer Bunnies are back! The floppy-eared scallywags are busy — shooting one another out of cannons; swinging from the masts of their ship — too busy to listen when Henry finds a threatening message in a bottle. While Henry ...

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Overview

“The illustrations give a goofy elasticity to the characters. . . . Youngsters will cheer for humble Henry, who becomes a hero because he is so well prepared.”
—School Library Journal

Barnacle Black Ear and his band of Buccaneer Bunnies are back! The floppy-eared scallywags are busy — shooting one another out of cannons; swinging from the masts of their ship — too busy to listen when Henry finds a threatening message in a bottle. While Henry works frantically on his book mapping out a plan, his mates bowl with coconuts or dig for treasure, and his father, Black Ear, bellows that Henry is wasting his time. But when Crazed Chicken Pirates attack the unsuspecting Bunnies, will Henry and his book save the day?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies return for another rip-roaring ridiculous adventure. Henry has found a note in a bottle washed ashore on the island where the Bunnies live peacefully and happily. It warns that their "worst enemies" are coming to steal their loot. The others tell him not to worry, but Henry cannot relax. So he begins working on his "Plan for Impending Danger." When the crazed chicken pirates arrive in a hot-air balloon, Henry tries to warn the others, in vain. The chickens soon overcome them. Pretending to be brave when he is not, Henry taunts the pirate chickens until they chase him and are caught in his carefully crafted chicken trap. Henry is the hero of the day. Manders uses watercolor, gouache, and pencil to create this zany, action-filled, cartoony world. He fills his single and double-page scenes with details of the assorted characters and settings, all properly comic in conception, interpreting stereotypes from pirate literature as bunnies and chickens. Varying typefaces add emotional content by sometimes increasing in size and boldness, increasing the fun. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—The Buccaneer Bunnies are a happy lot as they loll and cavort around their island, except young Henry. He discovers a threatening note warning of an impending invasion from some foul fowl and spends all his time preparing for and writing a book on what to do if an attack comes. The rest of the crew barely tolerates the behavior of the distinctively nervous milquetoast. But when Henry wakes up to find his fellow buccaneers captured by crazed chicken pirates, he swings into action by following his book's instructions and saves them. With the defeated fowl put to sea, Henry settles down to write his next book—which turns out to be the one that readers have in hand. The watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations give a goofy cartoon elasticity to the characters that perfectly matches the lighthearted plot. Youngsters will cheer for humble Henry, who becomes a hero because he is so carefully prepared. With kids riding high on pirate books, this follow-up to Henry & the Buccaneer Bunnies (Candlewick, 2005) will find a place in most collections.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
The bookish young hero of Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies (2005) again saves the flop-eared, fun-loving crew of the pirate ship Salty Carrot. This time, when a threatening note floats up in a bottle, Henry braves the derision of his shipmates to compose a thick volume of emergency plans-all of which come in handy when a flock of pirate chickens intent on plunder descends beneath a hot-air balloon for a surprise attack. Manders has so much fun depicting scowling, beaky or hugely bucktoothed figures swaggering about in full traditional pirate garb (eyepatches galore) that the sketchy plot and routine prose will barely register with young audiences, who will no doubt convulse with each mention of Henry's "Parrot-Poop Helmet." Fans of Giles Andreae's Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs, illustrated by Russell Ayto (2005), and its piratical ilk will yo-ho-ho. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763649999
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 336,946
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn Crimi is the author of numerous books for young readers, including WHERE'S MY MUMMY? and the award-winning HENRY AND THE BUCCANEER BUNNIES, both illustrated by John Manders. Carolyn Crimi lives in Illinois.

John Manders has illustrated several books for children, including HENRY AND THE BUCCANEER BUNNIES, WHERE'S MY MUMMY?, THE PERFECT NEST, and MINNIE'S DINER: A MULTIPLYING MENU. He lives in Pennsylvania.

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  • Posted August 27, 2012

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    *A "sure-fire" hit with young readers. *The storyline

    *A "sure-fire" hit with young readers. *The storyline and
    detailed color illustrations are sure to attract and hold the reader's
    attention. *Great plot to encourage being prepared for possible
    situations.

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