Jacob Two-Two on the High Seasby Cary Fagan
After Jacob Two-Two’s father writes a very important novel, the family makes plans to move
He’s back! The late Mordecai Richler had planned more adventures for his small hero and now, with the full support of the Richler family, award-winning author Cary Fagan carries on the tradition in a hilarious story for a whole new generation of Jacob fans.
After Jacob Two-Two’s father writes a very important novel, the family makes plans to move to Canada.
They board the SS Spring-a-Leak for a journey across the ocean. Jacob Two-Two makes some new acquaintances — the unbelievably handsome Captain Sparkletooth, the acrobatic Bubov Brothers, the failed toy inventor Mr. Peabody, and the giant but gentle Morgenbesser. Most important, he makes friends with young Cindy Snootcastle, who keeps a secret treasure in her pocket.
But something is wrong on the SS Spring-a-Leak. A series of clues — a black eye patch; a parrot who squawks “Apple sauce in your underpants!”; and a sailing ship flying the Jolly Roger — can only mean trouble. Will the intrepid Shapiro and the fearless O’Toole really be left on a desert island? Will Jacob Two-Two be made to walk the plank?
Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas is a treat for those who know Jacob and for those who are about to meet one of the most endearing characters in children’s literature.
From the Hardcover edition.
— Publishers Weekly
“A delightful, imaginative tale of the incorrigible Jacob Two-Two…. Cary Fagan has woven a wonderfully silly, child-like adventure of ridiculous characters…. This story is a great yarn and hooks the childlike imagination in every reader regardless of age. An excellent use of a character…. Cary Fagan’s adventure story will be a hit with children and adults alike, an excellent chapter book for late primary and junior grades….”
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Meet the Author
Mordecai Richler was the author of ten successful novels, numerous screenplays, and several books of nonfiction, his novel Barney’s Version was an acclaimed bestseller and the winner of The Giller Prize, the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, the QSpell Award, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Novel in Canada and the Caribbean. Richler also received two Governor General’s Literary Awards and was short-listed twice for the Booker Prize. Mordecai Richler died in Montreal, in 2001.
Cary Fagan has received the Toronto Book Award, the Jewish Book Committee Prize for Fiction, and the Mr. Christie Silver Medal. His recent picture books include Ten Old Men and a Mouse, My New Shirt, and Thing-Thing. His children’s novels include The Fortress of Kaspar Snit (Silver Birch Honor Book), Directed by Kaspar Snit (Silver Birch nominee), and Ten Lessons for Kaspar Snit. Cary Fagan lives in Toronto.
Dusan Petricic is the award-winning illustrator of more than twenty books for children including My New Shirt by Cary Fagan. A former professor of illustration and book design, his work appears in The New York Times, Scientific American, The Wall Street Journal, and The Toronto Star. He lives in Toronto.
From the Hardcover edition.
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It is always sad when a giant of the literary world passes away, thus our loss was great when Mordecai Richler died 8 years ago. Fortunately, he left a rich legacy for all to enjoy including The Apprenticeship of Duddy Cravats, and especially for children the Jacob Two-Two stories. We're told that Richler had always intended to continue the adventures of his pint-size hero, Jacob, but for a while it seemed that was not to be. Now, fully supported by the Richler family award winning author Cary Fagan (Ten Old Men and a Mouse, My New Shirt) brings Jacob to life again in an enchanting sea-worthy tale winningly illustrated by Dusan Petricic. Jacob, we remember, is a boy to whom young readers can easily relate. He was given his rather odd name because he has two older brothers and two older sisters, his age was two plus two plus two years, and "...because nobody in his family ever heard him the first time, so he had to say everything two times." Jacob didn't like his name at all. Further, his birthday was approaching and he feared since he would no longer be Two-Two his brothers and sisters would take great pleasure in teasing him by renaming his "Jacob Two-Two Plus One." The only way he could think of to avoid this was to somehow see that his family forgot his birthday. That was quite a sacrifice because he wouldn't receive any presents, yet he was willing to do that, but how? Luckily for him his father had news - the family would be moving from England to Canada and would be crossing the ocean on a ship. Since there were no more tickets on the Queen Elizabeth 11 they'd be going on the SS Spring-a-Leak. Jacob meets may interesting new friends on board ship but there's trouble on the horizon in the form of a ship flying the Jolly Roger! How could one small boy possibly deal with pirates? Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas is a more than welcome gift for young readers. Enjoy! - Gail Cooke