Pig Kahuna Pirates!

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Our favorite porcine-brother duo is back in another kid-friendly seashore adventure.

Fergus and Dink love playing at the beach.But when Dink wakes up from his nap in a crabby mood, it’s up to big brother Fergus to pull him out of it. Does the little fella want to take a swim? Build a sand castle? Have a juice box? Aaargh! Only one thing will tame the tantrum:When Fergus invites Dink to play with his new pirate ship of sand, and gives him the starring role as pirate captain. ...

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Overview

Our favorite porcine-brother duo is back in another kid-friendly seashore adventure.

Fergus and Dink love playing at the beach.But when Dink wakes up from his nap in a crabby mood, it’s up to big brother Fergus to pull him out of it. Does the little fella want to take a swim? Build a sand castle? Have a juice box? Aaargh! Only one thing will tame the tantrum:When Fergus invites Dink to play with his new pirate ship of sand, and gives him the starring role as pirate captain. Sometimes it feels right to squint your eyes and act like a scurvy dog of a pirate. And with a little brotherly love, you might even forget what was so terrible in the first place…

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
04/01/2014
PreS-K—Fergus likes swimming in the ocean, but his young brother, Dink, who wakes up from his nap out of sorts, finds it too cold. He's in a horrible mood, and Fergus can't seem to cheer him up. But then he digs a pirate hat out of the sand, and the fun begins. Even Dink can't stay grumpy once he gets pulled into his big brother's swashbuckling game of make-believe. Like Pig Kahuna (Bloomsbury, 2011), this is a character-driven story that focuses on the playful relationship between the siblings. Sattler excels at creating just the right facial expressions to match the humor of the text and provide insight into the brotherly dynamic. The painterly illustrations, a combination of acrylic and colored pencil, feature vast blue skies and dark-blue ocean waves rendered with broad brush strokes. The detail and line of the pigs make them pop to the forefront of the summery seaside scene. The large font and short sentences make this book easy to share with a group, and the subject matter and the single plotline are a great match for a preschool audience.—Amy Seto Musser, Denver Public Library
Publishers Weekly
03/17/2014
Porcine brothers Fergus and Dink are back in this sequel to 2011’s Pig Kahuna, and younger brother Dink is having a bad day at the beach. The water is frigid, sand gets in his food, and a giant wave leaves him covered in the detritus of the sea. Luckily, Fergus knows how to improve his brother’s mood, letting Dink be the captain of the pirate ship he’s sculpted out of sand. “You’re a perfect pirate, Dirk!” Fergus tells his livid, seaweed-swathed brother. “You even have the stink eye!” Sattler’s thickly painted acrylics easily conjure roiling water, cloud-swept skies, and the turbulent emotions of one small pig. Ages 3–6. Agent: Anna Olswanger, Liza Dawson Associates. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
"Sattler offers a fresh and clever take on a perennially popular theme . . . Here’s hoping that this welcome return presages plenty of additional adventures." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 

"Sattler’s thickly painted acrylics easily conjure roiling water, cloud-swept skies, and the turbulent emotions of one small pig." - Publishers Weekly

 

"Sattler excels at creating just the right facial expressions to match the humor of the text and provide insight into the brotherly dynamic." - School Library Journal

 

"Together words and pictures create an utterly engaging picture-book experience—eye-catching, thought-provoking and just plain fun." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on Pig Kahuna

 

"The full-color acrylic and colored pencil illustrations have a sketchy, active feel that bounces merrily along and keeps the focus squarely on the expressive porcine pair." - School Library Journal, starred review, on Pig Kahuna

 

"You almost hear the seashore when you read the book: Now that's a summer read." - Time Out New York Kids on Pig Kahuna

Children's Literature - Jill Walton
Sunday on the beach with Fergus and his baby brother piglet, Dink, is not too relaxing. Fergus tries to placate a grumpy Dink who woke up that way after his nap. A dip in the ocean does not fix Dink’s bad mood, which continues to deteriorate. Fergus digs deep in the sand and unburies a pirate hat! Even that find is not enough to prevent Dink from continuing to meltdown. A gull steals his snack, a starfish covers one of his eyes, and finally a crab snaps him on his toe. Dink yells like a pirate and his brother Fergus declares him a perfect pirate. Soon, the two brothers are on a sand ship with happy Dink as captain, wearing the pirate’s hat, of course. The illustrations capture the mellow feeling of being on a sandy beach with the blue ocean always in the background. The facial expressions of the two brothers are very human. Fergus is so focused on creating a sand pirate ship that he is biting his tongue. Baby Dink is such a baby, complete with diaper; but he does know how to express himself with words, pouting and sucking his ‘thumb.’ The reader and the audience will enjoy. Reviewer: Jill Walton; Ages 3 to 6.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-02-26
Fans of porcine siblings Fergus and Dink's first outing will be thrilled to welcome them back to the beach, while pirate-loving listeners (familiar or not) will be particularly pleased. Once again, Sattler offers a fresh and clever take on a perennially popular theme. This time, it's Fergus' turn to help Dink have a good day. Waking up from a nap on Dave, the surfboard that started it all, Dink is grumpy. He doesn't want to wade (the water is too cold) or build a sand castle (his unsuccessful efforts are too close to the water's edge). Even his snack is ruined when Fergus unwittingly flings sand on him. Fergus' find—a pirate hat—proves temporarily intriguing, but Dink still winds up stomping along the shore. Slimed with seaweed and nipped by a crab, he comes careening back to his brother only to find a picture-perfect pirate ship made of sand and himself made one of the crew. Brisk dialogue gains extra humor from the bright and bouncy illustrations, created with acrylics and colored pencil. The brothers' expressive faces, especially their eyes, which roll, squint and smile, add emotional heft. Simple backgrounds allow the boys to claim center stage, while textured strokes effectively evoke the broad swath of sand and the swirling sea. Here's hoping that this welcome return presages plenty of additional adventures. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619632011
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 4/8/2014
  • Series: Pig Kahuna Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Sattler is the creator of Pig Kahuna as well as Chick 'n' Pug, Chick 'n' Pug Meet the Dude, and Sylvie. She lives in upstate New York with her family.

www.jennifergordonsattler.com

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