Sloop John B: A Pirate's Tale

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Alan Jardine, a member of the original Beach Boys, has written a fun-filled pirate adventure based on the classic folk song Sloop John B. A young boy and his grandfather get trapped by pirates at sea, but triumphantly defeat the pirate and his crew!

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Overview

Alan Jardine, a member of the original Beach Boys, has written a fun-filled pirate adventure based on the classic folk song Sloop John B. A young boy and his grandfather get trapped by pirates at sea, but triumphantly defeat the pirate and his crew!

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Minus a couple of references to drinking and fighting, the Beach Boys' rendition of this traditional folk song makes for a jaunty seafaring story buoyed by Pickering's (Somethin' Pumpkin) stylish, textured illustrations. A boy and his grandfather set sail on the titular vessel only to encounter a fog-and a pirate ship. After some quick-thinking derring-do, the boy rescues his grandfather from the wild-eyed pirate who would have him walk the plank, and a constable comes aboard to help further save the day. Though kids may need assistance with a few terms here and there, they will likely want to ride along at this story's good clip as penned by Beach Boy co-founder Jardine (who also provides music and vocals on an accompanying sing-along CD). But it's Pickering's often-dazzling mixed-media compositions that bring the watery setting to life. The compositions resemble cut-paper collage, and his characters seem to take on grand dimension upon close examination, popping out from dramatic backgrounds of sea and sky. Several inventive and humorous elements keep the fear factor at bay: the skull-and-crossbones on the pirate's hat changes expression on each page, and the villain's chartreuse parrot pal adds some animated distraction as well. Yo ho ho! Ages 4-8. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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PreS-Gr 1-Jardine has reworked the lyrics of the folk song "Wreck of the John B" to incorporate a story line that will appeal to children. A boy and his grandfather set off on the sloop John B for an ocean adventure. When a group of pirates boards their craft, the two sailors hide, but in the end the youngster must save his grandpa from walking the plank. The vibrant illustrations add humor to the story with many amusing details and characterizations. In fact, the artwork tends to overshadow the sometimes stilted verses when the narrative is read aloud. However, a CD of the author singing the song accompanies the book, and although the text varies slightly from the lyrics on the recording, the rollicking beat of the music brings the tale to life. Children will enjoy singing along as they turn the pages and admire the delightful illustrations. Readers looking for a meatier depiction of buccaneers will prefer Melinda Long's How I Became a Pirate (Harcourt, 2003).-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689035968
  • Publisher: ibooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2005

    Song is a hit

    The CD that accompanies the book is a HIT with my children. It's so catchy and 'beach Boy' sounding you won't get tired of hearing it over and over and over and over again. If you know what I mean.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2005

    What a fun story!

    I loved the Beach Boys song and the story is so much better. Jimmy Pickering's art is adorable.

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