Shiver me timbers and swash me buckles — it's time for an adventure with the Skeleton Pirate!
The Skeleton Pirate is the Terror of the Seas, and he'll never be beaten! That is, until he gets beaten by an unruly bunch of pirates and is thrown overboard. Down in the depths of the sea, he is rescued by a beautiful mermaid, only to be swallowed by a whale. But the whale has a tummy ache from all the other things he has swallowed — like a golden ship full of treasure. With echoes of Pinocchio and Treasure Island, this picture book is full of humor and irrepressible energy, a perfect adventure for little would-be pirates.
Both Lucas' over-the-top yarn and loopy larger-than-life ink-and-watercolor cartoon illustrations wink at readers while producing one clever surprise after another. Exhilarating pirate fare. —Kirkus Reviews
In gently spoofing his stock characters, Lucas offers up clever, brisk prose and dialogue, which should inspire even the most hesitant thespian to let 'er rip. The handsome ink-and-watercolor pictures, rendered with plenty of blood red and marine blue, tip their hat to the incident-filled, epic seafaring tales of yore, while slyly including plenty of winks and nudges. —Publishers Weekly
Whimsical ink and watercolor spreads enhance this farcical tale. … Children will delight in this romp, which is a welcome and fresh addition to pirate tales, with no "arrrggghhh's" to be found. —School Library Journal
Here’s a swashbuckling tale that will delight young readers. —Yellow Brick Road