The Little Black Dog Buccaneer

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Named for the pirate in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, the Black Dog doesn’t know how to stay out of trouble. True to her name, she can’t resist treasure hunting. Every port call Shenandoah makes affords new possibilities for a dog with unquenchable curiosity and a spirit for adventure. And every time she comes home she has some new trophy to offer the captain no matter how much he scolds her. Just when everyone thinks she’s given up her pirating ways, the Black Dog finds something that makes even ...

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Overview

Named for the pirate in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, the Black Dog doesn’t know how to stay out of trouble. True to her name, she can’t resist treasure hunting. Every port call Shenandoah makes affords new possibilities for a dog with unquenchable curiosity and a spirit for adventure. And every time she comes home she has some new trophy to offer the captain no matter how much he scolds her. Just when everyone thinks she’s given up her pirating ways, the Black Dog finds something that makes even Captain Douglas happy he’s adopted a true buccaneer.

The famous Black Dog of Martha's Vineyard goes treasure hunting and becomes a heroine on Captain Bob Douglas's schooner, the Shenandoah.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
Telling the tale of Nantucket Island's mascot black dog, this second entry in the "Little Black Dog" series has a focus on mischief. With humble origins as a stray adopted by schooner captain Bob Douglas, the black dog grew to legendary stature as one of the greatest sea dogs. Named for the pirate from Treasure Island, the little dog indeed has a penchant for treasure hunting. We are introduced to the little dog in homeport for the winter, spending the days visiting friends around town. Discovered digging for treasure in a garbage can at the end of the day, Black Dog is returned home by a rueful dog catcher who "tried to change her pirating ways, but he soon gave up." When the schooner heads back out to sea, Black Dog enjoys continuing her search for treasure in ports along the way. In a life-threatening feat of heroics, Black Dog must be rescued from the waves when he jumps overboard in a successful attempt to save his beloved captain's favorite hat, blown off by an errant wind. Fans of the first book and/or Nantucket Island will enjoy this charming canine tale. Seeley's wonderful watercolor illustrations manage to convey a range of mood, from Black Dog's town travels on a faux treasure map to the beautiful blues of sky and sea to the whimsy of repentance on the face of a dog returned to his ship by the local constable. Probably an additional purchase for most collections, but a truly charming one. Reviewer: Sharon Oliver
Children's Literature - Jackie Hechtkopf
This sequel to The Story of the Little Black Dog recalls the personality of the famous canine from Martha's Vineyard. In this story, we discover that the captain named the dog after the pirate in Treasure Island. True to her name, Black Dog makes it a practice to hunt for treasure every day. The dogcatcher delivers her home and out of trouble on a regular basis. Everyone admires her irrepressible spirit and forgives her mischief, even when she steals a chicken from a local grocery store. However, her propensity for trouble is not really appreciated until the day she dives off the boat to save the captain's favorite blue hat. This endearing dog story is sprinkled with sailing terms explained by a glossary on the last page. The deeply hued illustrations show a set of brown eyes in the little black dog's face that could melt the sternest demeanor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611450002
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Series: Little Black Dog Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 820,929
  • Age range: 5 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

J. B. Spooner is the author of The Little Black Dog childrens' book series. She works for Martha’s Vineyard Magazine and lives with her two children, Emily and Matthew, on Merry Farm in West Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard.

Terre Lamb Seeley is an artist and illustrator. She lives in West Falmouth, Massachusetts.

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