The Sinking of Captain Otter

The Sinking of Captain Otter


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Kelpy is an otter—and also a passionate sea captain. He builds himself a ship that he adores, from keel to cabin to crow’s nest. All the other otters and pirates and sharks just laugh at Kelpy’s ramshackle craft, but Kelpy sails on. Until one day on the high seas, he encounters a sailor even more laughable than himself—a petite butterfly pirate in a teeny-tiny boat.

Kelpy’s laughter shifts to empathy when he realizes how much he has hurt the tiny pirate’s feelings. So Kelpy decides to scuttle his beloved boat in a playful ploy to repair the emotional damage he’s done. Along the way, an unlikely friendship (and rivalry) begins.

Packed with rhyme, repetition, and lots of humor, this is a read-aloud with a heartwarming message about following your dreams even in the face of ridicule and doubt, and how even an underdog can lift someone up.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Connection

"The story has some repeating text that would be fun for the classroom read aloud. A great addition to any school library."

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The Sinking of Captain Otter should spark the imagination and playfulness of readers both young and old.

Canadian Review of Materials

With an important message, creative formatting and lovely pictures, The Sinking of Captain Otter is a great picture book to have in collections.

Kirkus Reviews

An otter and a butterfly—both passionate sea captains—become fast friends as they battle it out on the high seas.Kelpy, an otter in the flesh but a sea captain in his heart, builds himself a boat and sets sail despite the pervasive mockery. Other otters laugh, human pirates laugh, sharks laugh, and even the waves laugh, but Kelpy sails onward, pursuing his dream (though shedding a few tears). Then, on the horizon he spies another pirate. But this time it is a diminutive butterfly (with a hilarious loop-over-the-nonexistent-ears beard) in a tiny boat who exclaims: "I be Blistering Blastering Butterbeard. Prepare to be sunk!" Kelpy laughs at the butterfly's ineffectual barrage, and Butterbeard begins to cry. Contrite and recognizing that Butterbeard is a kindred spirit following his own dream, Kelpy realizes the only thing to be done is to destroy his own boat to make it look as though Butterbeard sank him. Butterbeard exults, Kelpy rebuilds. The two fierce denizens of the high seas commence to battle each other over and over, having a grand time and becoming fast friends in the process. Author Wilson's tightly constructed narrative has a strong repetition-of-three base that supplies both a solid foundation and humor, and it plays well against illustrator Chiodi's exuberant and colorful mixed-media illustrations with their loose, plenty-of-space feel.Fun—and with a supportive message for readers who march to different drums. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771473118
Publisher: Owlkids Books
Publication date: 10/15/2018
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 910,954
Product dimensions: 10.12(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

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