Friday, July 13, 2018

"The Sinking of Captain Otter" - a bookwrap








I wonder what these guys are chatting about?  Looks like a happy, cozy gathering around the campfire... but it wasn't always that way. Here is their story. 



Unwrapping






"The Sinking of Captain Otter" 

by Troy Wilson (Author)
 Maira Chiodi  (Illustrator)

* Ages:  4-8
* Grade Level: PS-3
Publisher: Owlkids
* Publisher Date: Oct. 15, 2018



Unwrapping some fun illustrations for you to enjoy















































About the book



Kelpy, the otter, adores ships, sailing the deep blue sea and hopefully being a  hearty sea captain.  He decides to built a ship out of this and that and sail off into the unknown.  

The other otters laugh and scoff at his workmanship (and at him). 

"Kelpy sighed a little.
He cried a little.
But he loved his ship. 
He loved her from keel
to cabin 
to crow's nest. 
So he took a deep breath,
straightened his hat,
and sailed on."


Did those hurtful words and gestures deter him?  No way....Kelby is determined and off he sails to fulfill his dream.  Along the way scruffy pirates mock and taunt him, sharks make fun of him and even the waves ridicule him but he presses on.  


"Kelpy sighed a little.
He cried a little.
But he loved his ship. 
He loved her from keel
to cabin 
to crow's nest. 
So he took a deep breath,
straightened his hat,
and sailed on."

One day he comes upon a pathetic want-to-be sailor: 

"Arrr!" came a shout.
"I  be Blistering Blastering Butterbeard.
Prepare to be sunk!" 

Oh my! This sounds very dangerous.  Kelpy discovers the voice is coming from a small butterfly pirate in an itty-bitsy boat.  Kelpy ignites into fits of laughter and fingerpointing... just exactly how he has been treated by those disbelievers around him.  The tiny butterfly suddenly bursts into tears because his feelings are so badly hurt.  

All of a sudden Kelpy comes to his senses and realizes how mean his words are and he turns that hurtful malice into acceptance and sympathy. Can he ever make amends to the poor little butterfly?  Cleverly he hatches a plan and finds the perfect way to do so.  When he puts his plan into action it works like a charm and Kelpy makes a brand new friend.  A friend who like him loves his ship dearly and loves sailing the seven seas and having wonderful adventures.  

This book is a lovely read aloud and the illusrations are full of emotion and heart.  Young children love rhyme and repetition and this book delivers both.  It is inspiring as it encourages kids to follow their dreams even though there may be doubters trying to discourage them from doing so.  I love the positive message and the fact that you have the power to reach out and make a difference in someone else's life too.  I highly recommend this book. 





Storywraps Rating - 5 ++ Hugs!!!!!






Meet the author








TROY WILSON is the author of Liam Takes a Stand and other picture books, and has published numerous stories in children’s magazines, including Chickadee and Chirp. The Sinking of Captain Otter was inspired by a little book called Captain Otter that Troy wrote and illustrated when he was in Grade One. Troy lives in Victoria, BC. 









About the illustrator






MAIRA CHIODI is an illustrator and surface pattern designer with a graphic design background. Her work has appeared in magazines, books, games, and wall decals, among other products. Inspired by nature, animation and the culture of her home country, Brazil, her style is joyful and colorful, with a hint of humor that pleases grown-ups and children alike. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.










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