There’s a lot to enjoy in Coats’ sea-worthy language ("Scupper me sardines!") and funny story. Mould’s acrylic art makes for a clever complement, racking up the ewws but never going too far. The book is beautifully (read: disgustingly) detailed on every page. If you’re going to select only one revolting, repulsive pirate book, this is arrrr-guably the best.
Captain Beastlie is delightfully gross and gruff, and the vibrant cartoon illustrations provide additional humor through revolting details and a visual subplot revealing the crew’s stealthy, behind-the-scenes party preparations. Seaworthy interjections and appropriate shipboard insults spice up the deft and witty narrative, keeping readers and listeners engaged. Perfect for reading aloud, this is a fun and worthy addition to the perennially popular preschool pirate canon.