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Saturday, December 11, 2021

YAR! YERG Sammy the Seasick Pirate by Janelle Spirnger-Willms

SAMMY WANTED NOTHING MORE IN THE WORLD THAN TO BE A PIRATE CAPTAIN WHEN HE GREW UP.

Sammy made a list of the skills he would need and his pirate Papa agreed to teach him all of them. Papa's lessons are no crip course. To master the undeniable need to swim, Papa tosses him off the ship and into the sea. Sammy rises to the occasion and to the surface and splashes to shore!

Swimming--CHECK!

Sammy substitutes archery for swordplay and splits all of Papa's apples right down the center. Mama is mad about the mess, giving Sammy a chance to check swabbing decks off his list. In jig time he finds buried golden coins and passes the buried-treasure test by sinking them secretly into the sand again. Sammy passes his treasure map test.

It's time for the final seafarers' exam: sailing the ship, from hoisting sail, map-reading, and steering from the helm.

EVERYTHING WAS GOING WELL. UNTIL...

A wild and windy storm blew up.

HIS STOMACH WENT SWISH! THEN SLOSH!

THEN ... BLEEAHH!

Papa Pirate tried all the remedies for seasickness in his list, all followed by a sickening. |. . .

"BLEEAHH!"

It seems that Sammy's hopes of a swashbuckling life's work are sunk. Is there no way he can be a successful corsair without sailing the (BLEEAHH!) bounding seas?

But where there's a will, there is a way to find treasure without setting foot on shipboard, in Janelle Springer-Willms' newest, Sammy the Seasick Pirate (Reycraft Books, 2021).

Aye, Me Hearties, there's gold in them there sands and loot to be harvested from shipwrecks if a bright lad is willing to work on shore, in Springer-Wilms' clever new look at a dryland desperado. An afterword to Springer-Willms' story reveals that there was indeed a famous Barbadoes pirate, Sam Hall Lord, who made a fortune from looting beached privateer shipwrecks.

Illustrated boldly with plenty of action on each page by artist Damien Jones, this entertaining new picture book manages to salvage its queasy protagonist from a life of piracy, with an alternate career as an on-shore entrepreneur. Yo Ho Ho and a pocketful of gold!

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