Pirate Treasure Map: A Fairytale Adventureby Colin Hawkins, Jacqui Hawkins
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/b>
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.
"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.
- Candlewick Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.75(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.37(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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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