Ahoy! Pirates, pets, and puns run amok as a swaggering, softhearted captain takes off on a mad search for the perfect animal sidekick.
Big, brave Captain Crave can check off most items on the handy Be Your Best Buccaneer checklist. He has a pirate ship, an eye patch, courage and daring, and more. Only one thing is missing: Captain Crave doesn’t have a pet. Arrr! Shuck me an oyster and set sail for land! The captain and his crew race and chase critters of every size and shape, from the beach to a farm to the zoo to a pet shop, causing a commotion wherever they go. But just when all seems lost, the search party stumbles on the most perfectly perfect pet for Captain Crave. Has he finally met his match? Aye-aye!
Myers’s vigorous art and Ferry’s (“Stick and Stone”) revved-up story still offer plenty of moments to stop and laugh. —The New York Times Book Review
A master of bubbly, sunshiny, high-spirited spreads, Myers (Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bop!) paints the pirates leaping the fence into a farm, storming the zoo (where an encounter with a lion lets Captain Crave cross “peg leg” off his to-do list), and, at last, the pet store. “Shiver me Shih Tzus,” cries the captain. “Thar be piles of pets!” One with colorful feathers draws attention by pooping on his hat. Ferry (Land Shark) fills her yarn with loads of pirate lingo and affectionate pokes at pirate tradition, while Myers’s luscious, thickly painted illustrations look as if they’ve been frosted. Readalouds don’t come much rowdier. —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Rife with buccaneer-speak and salty seadog sentences, Ferry’s text uses repetition to its greatest advantage. Meanwhile, Myers’ thick acrylic and oil paints render both buccaneers and beasts in an attractive angular style while also hiding a multitude of tiny details (keep an eye at all times on the expressive skull on the captain’s hat). As Capt. Crave says, "Shiver me Shih Tzus!" There’s some fun here. —Kirkus Reviews
Ferry’s story and Myers’s acrylic and oil paint illustrations are a perfect match—the details in the writing and the accompanying pictures are hilarious and smart, and the dialect will encourage children to try out their best pirate accents. Animated readers may find a new favorite read-aloud in this book. The illustrations will delight kids, who will find something new every time they pick it up. Great writing and vivid illustrations make this a sure bet for most collections. —School Library Journal