Pirate Treasure Map: A Fairytale Adventure

Overview

The creators of FAIRYTALE NEWS mix up favorite tales in a comical quest with a pull-out treasure map.

Little Jack Hubbard can't wait to set sail with Cap'n Horatio Hubbard on a hunt for long-lost treasure. But the ship's wolfish crew are suspiciously big and bad, and soon Jack is diving into the waves to rescue a valuable treasure map. All seems lost until Jack is saved by the Owl and the Pussycat (in a beautiful pea-green boat) and passes a witch's gingerbread cottage, where ...

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Overview

The creators of FAIRYTALE NEWS mix up favorite tales in a comical quest with a pull-out treasure map.

Little Jack Hubbard can't wait to set sail with Cap'n Horatio Hubbard on a hunt for long-lost treasure. But the ship's wolfish crew are suspiciously big and bad, and soon Jack is diving into the waves to rescue a valuable treasure map. All seems lost until Jack is saved by the Owl and the Pussycat (in a beautiful pea-green boat) and passes a witch's gingerbread cottage, where two kids are caught in a culinary plot. . . . With the help of a handy removable map, readers will happily follow Jack's path to the treasure through a fractured-fairytale land.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Norah Piehl
A sequel of sorts to 2004's Fairytale News, this yarn finds young Jack Hubbard (son of Old Mother Hubbard) heading off for adventure on the high seas with his uncle, the pirate Cap'n Horatio Hubbard. When a mutiny threatens, only Jack is able to salvage the treasure map and set off to find the treasure on his own. Kids can follow along on Jack's map (included in a pocket on the inside front cover) as Jack encounters Hansel & Gretel and the little Billy Goats Gruff. Somewhat abrupt transitions characterize the book's next section, as the attention shifts first to the full story of Hansel & Gretel and then to the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, before returning to Jack's own treasure-hunting tale (which itself becomes a send-up of the classic ghost story "In a Dark, Dark Wood"). The stories-within-the-story are actually retold in a fairly straightforward manner, without the parody of, for example, The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. Kids old enough to be able to follow the plot and appreciate the numerous nursery rhyme and folktale references will likely be bored by these basic retellings of familiar tales. Not enough of a pirate book to thrill young swashbucklers, not enough of a parody to captivate budding humorists, this pastiche of familiar tales fails to define—and then to appeal to—its target audience. Although the illustrations (particularly the smaller thumbnails interspersed within the text) are humorous and appealing, the overall page layout seems unbalanced and text-heavy.
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2
"Thar be a treasure map inside!" proclaims the grotesque cartoon pirate on the cover of this title. There is indeed a detachable map tucked inside the front cover, which includes some "golden nuggets of pirate lore." The story itself is a confused mélange of pirate clichés and hasty retellings of various fairy tales. The hero, Jack Hubbard, sets out on a voyage with his long-lost uncle, Cap'n Horatio Hubbard. When the pirate captain's treasure map falls into the ocean, Jack dives after it, and then swims ashore to seek his fortune. He finds it at the end of a breakneck jaunt through several fairy tales and nursery rhymes. The narrative is awkward and erratic, often overestimating the vocabulary of its target audience, and the page layout is crowded and unattractive. Melinda Long's How I Became a Pirate (Harcourt, 2003) or Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith's The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (Viking, 1992) are far richer choices.
—Rachael VilmarCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Plotted out on a removable map tucked into a front pocket, young Jack Hubbard's search for treasure takes him past some familiar figures in this new outing from the creators of Fairytale News (2004). Leaving his Old Mother to mind the Dish and Spoon Inn, Jack is conveyed by an Owl and a Pussycat in a beautiful pea-green boat to a shore where the Bong Tree grows, then follows his map toward the Dark, Dark Wood. Along the way, he directs Hansel and Gretel toward a tasty house he's just sampled, falls in with three Gruff hikers to get over Troll's Bridge, and, ignoring the warnings of a trio of ghostesses sitting on postesses, ventures into the Wood to find-TREASURE! Plus a happy ending. The loose-lined, easily recognizable cartoon figures are sometimes forced to the edges by a long but not wordy text in which two more or less complete folktales are imbedded. Still, Jack's jaunt will delight all Miss Muffets and Boy Blues. (Picture book. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763632052
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 12/12/2006
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,222,969
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin and Jacqui Hawkins, creators of FAIRYTALE NEWS, are one of the most prolifc and successful author-illustrator partnerships in the world of children's books. They live in Cork, Ireland.
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