The Last Castaways

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Children's Literature - Laura J. Brown
Grandparents are special, especially ones who love adventures and have a pet that loves them too. Grandfather and his dear pet and friend Roo are a pair that all children can adore. Roo is the type of dog that is always getting into something. She is from a fine breed of dogs that is wise and courageous, but no one, not even Roo, knows what breed she is. This fact does not bother Roo at all. She enjoys eating sausages and tea biscuits, and chasing bunnies and birds. Roo takes Poopy , a small gray plastic walrus, everywhere she goes. That would not be so bad, but Roo leaves Poopy anywhere and Grandfather is always tripping over him and he makes a loud honking noise that drives Grandfather crazy. Grandfather and Roo set out on an unplanned expedition to the Unforgotten Sea because Roo bought the ship Unsinkable that Grandfather did not have the money to pay for. They set out to catch the King Cod to settle their money woes, but the trip does not go according to their plans and before they know it, they are in the midst of another great adventure. If you love dogs and adventures, then this is a book for you. It is full of unexpected events that will make you laugh out loud, and just a lot of good, old-fashioned fun. Reviewer: Laura J. Brown
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Although pushed into retirement by old age, Grandfather and his constant canine companion Roo quickly find themselves thrust back into action onboard the ominously named Unsinkable, in search of the mythical King Cod. Written as a series of short letters to his gender-neutral grandchild and as the Unsinkable's ship log, Grandfather again finds himself suffering from a bout of bad luck compounded by Roo and her finicky ways, which seem to change with the wind. It isn't long before the Unsinkable gives the lie to its name and the adventurers find themselves in the titular bind. Black-and-white illustrations are sprinkled throughout, with short quirky annotations from Grandfather that add even more humor and depth to this zany adventure. Packed with silly hijinks and fantastical creatures, this last of the Lasts (The Last Cowboys, 2008, etc.), with its endearing duo of grandfather and Roo, delivers fun for readers new to chapter books. (Fiction. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561454396
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,041,300
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    The last Castaways

    Roo is an adventurous mutt who always has to have her favorite toy, a squeaking walrus named Poopy. Roo and Poopy cause grandfather many problems as they set out on a trip that turns into the fishing trip of a lifetime. The boat they take on this epic adventure is the Unsinkable, which looks like it should be at the bottom of the ocean, but is somehow still afloat. Roo slyly buys the Unsinkable for much more then they can afford so they set out on a fishing trip with The Captain to find the King Cod but in order to track this fish they must travel across many oceans. The book is set up as a set of letters written from Grandfather to his grandson and when he could not send letters he kept track of their adventures through the ships log. The illustrations are sketches made by the author to exemplify the story being told. They bring the letters to life in such a way that it feels like the letters are being written to you, the reader. The hand written notes surrounding the illustrations are sometimes difficult to read but they add character to the pages and make them real.

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