Tuesday, August 29, 2017

"Stegosaurus Would NOT make a Good Pirate" - a bookwrap

Would this guy make a good pirate?  He's probably as big as the ship and that's just the start of his problems.  Come meet Gary, the stegosaurus, and listen to his story...



Authored by Thomas Kingsley Troupe
Illustrated by Steph Calvert

Ages  4-7
Grade Level  PS-2
Dinosaur Dreams Series

Unwrapping some illustrations for you to enjoy

About the book

Gary, a stegosaurus, dreams of becoming a pirate.  Think it's possible for the big guy?  

He gives it his best shot but his body size gives him grief because Captain One-Tooth tells him it's mandatory to wear pirate clothes and nothing fits his over-sized body.  Due to his hefty weight he keeps the ship rocking no matter where he stands and nearly tips it over. Now that's a BIG problem. He shreds the sails with his prickly tail, breaks the crow's nest because of his weight, and misinterprets the poop deck sign when he has to go to the bathroom.  Oh my!  Gary is turning out to be a liability on that pirate voyage I think, don't you? 

The other crew members are not amused when they discover he is a vegetarian and collectively give him stink-eye.  He shows his true colours after another bad pirate ship comes within firing range and shoots cannonballs at them.  Gary hits the deck and tries to hide but to no avail... he's too huge to even hide.  His fellow pirates are not one bit impressed and probably are very happy with Captain One-Tooth's decision to terminate Gary's pirate position.  

Poor guy, maybe his dream of being a pirate and sailing the seven seas is just a pipe-dream after all.  Did this turn him off and did he give up on pursuing something brand new and exciting?  Wait until you find out what he chooses to go after next!!!! It will make you laugh out loud I'm sure. Got to give him credit ... he thinks BIG!!!

I love the book and the illustrations are detailed, action-packed and full of humour.  They have answers to some question asked at the end of the book embedded in them making this interactive component such fun for the reader.  The book has dinosaur facts at the end too enabling young readers to learn more about these magnificent creatures.  It's a fun read-aloud (in your best pirate's voice of course) and would be a great addition to a classroom or a school or family library.  I highly recommend this book.

Storywraps rating .... 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

About the author

Thomas Kingsley Troupe has written more than thirty children's books. His book Legend of the Werewolf (Picture Window Books, 2011) received a bronze medal for the Moonbeam Children's Book Award. Thomas lives in Woodbury, Minnesota with his wife and two young boys.

About the illustrator

Steph Calvert is a one eyed artist with a boisterous laugh and a never ending love for all things snacky. She lives on a 10 acre fixer upper farm near Savannah, Georgia with her hilarious family - husband Josh, mom in law Carole, and kids Phil and Joy. Steph's a big fan of going on adventures, binge watching old episodes of 30 Rock, and being ridiculous for the sake of comedy.

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