Ahoy there, mateys!
I’m so happy you’ve come aboard today because we’ve got a treasure chest of awesomeness in store for you…all thanks to Henry Herz, author of the brand-new pirate picture book, CAP’N REX AND HIS CLEVER CREW. First a book review…then a Q&A with Captain Rex and his clever crew, .and then links where you can find yummy pirate recipes and fun stuff to do
Written by Henry L. Herz
Illustrated by Benjamin Shipper
Published by Sterling Children’s Books (August 2017)
Captain Rex and his dinosaur pirates sailed the seven seas.
Captain Rex and his dinosaur pirates sail the seven seas in search of buried treasure. But whenever they hit an obstacle—like a giant shark or pea-soup fog—the crew members are quick to say they can’t overcome. To this, Captain Rex always glares with teeth bared and says, “CAN’T YE?” And, somehow, the crew always comes up with a clever solution. This delightful story highlights the value of one’s creativity and determination in tough situations. It will encourage kids everywhere to think and say, “I can!”
Why I like this book:
- Just the right amount of piratey language
- Great read aloud
- Bold colorful and quirky illustrations that will keep a child turning the pages
- Wonderful combination of humor and heart
What others are saying about this book:
It’s arrr pleasure to be here, lassie. We can spare a few moments before we must resume sailing the seven seas in search of buried booty. Our frigate is double parked at the yacht club.
ME: Can you tell me what it’s like to be characters in a picture book?
Kyle (the ankylosaurus): I like the colors that the illustrator used to draw me. I like how the author shows me as strong and brave. But, as a crewman, I always have to follow the captain’s orders.
Cap’n Rex: Aye, as it should be, laddy! I know what’s best fer ye!
Terry (the pterodactyl): I like that we get to wear clothes – it can get cold out on the high seas. I like that the author lets me fly. Sometimes when there are obstacles, the best way around them is to go over them.
ME: Speaking of obstacles, what is the theme of CAP’N REX & HIS CLEVER CREW?
Pat (the apatosaurus): Hmmm. I couldn’t say.
Cap’n Rex: Can’t ye? (note: Rex is glaring at Pat with teeth bared)
Pat:Oh, well, I guess the lesson of the story is that if you are persistent and think outside the box, you can solve pretty much any problem.
Cap’n Rex: Aye, yer a clever lass. It’s amazin’ what a powerful creativity stimulant the threat of being eaten can be.
Pat:Persistence is a particularly potent property for pirates to possess.
Cap’n Rex: Belay that alliteration!
MR: Let’s move on. How was the book title chosen?
Kyle: The origin of this story was the idea that if kids like pirates and they like dinosaurs (and who could blame ’em), then kids’d REALLY like a story that combined both. Sort of a literary Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. In fact, the author was going to write about dinosaur SPACE pirates. Can you imagine us sailin’ the stars?
Terry:That’s flying too high, even for me. Luckily, the author’s critique partners said that was mashing up too many things. So, we sail a frigate, not a spaceship. And did you notice how our ship is shaped like a giant triceratops head?
Cap’n Rex:None of ye arrr answering the lass’s question! The original title was going to be DINOSAUR PIRATES. As the artwork was being finalized, the author discovered that another book was coming out with that very title. So, at my (humble) suggestion, the author changed the name to better reflect the story (and to include me name).
ME: Where can people find out more about you?
Pat: The author’s website at www.henryherz.com be full o’ free fun features…
Cap’n Rex: BELAY THAT ALLITERATION!
Pat: … including a downloadable study guide, a book trailer video…
Cap’n Rex:I cut a fine figure.
Pat: …and chestfuls of information about famous pirates, pirate language, ships, recipes, movies, activities and jokes.
Kyle: There’s also a Goodreads Giveaway right now where readers can enter to win a free copy of the book.
Terry: And in September through December, readers will have a chance to win original signed art from the illustrator!
Cap’n Rex: Well, the tides are shifting. We must take arrr leave.
ME Thank you for visiting! And safe journey!!!!!
Oh my gosh! Do you believe that, dear readers? A Q&A with a bunch of pirate dinosaurs…now THAT is a first on Picture Books Help Kids Soar!
And here’s another first…we’ve got to catch up on some giveaways. A week ago,
we interveiwed Moose the dog and Maria Gianferrari offered a copy of HELLO GOODBYE DOG…and the winner is:
JANE HEITMAN HEALY
Then, we had a book review of Susanna Hill’s newest picture book, THE ROAD THAT TRUCKS BUILT…and the winner is…
And then we had a book birthday for Lisa Amstutz’ APPLESAUCE DAY…and the winner is…
I’ll be contacting all of you to arrange for ythe shipment of your books!
Thank you so much, dear friends. Your faithful comments really mean a lot to me and to our guests. Plus I’m grateful for all of the social media shares on Facebook and Twitter! Please don’t forget that Amazon and Goodreads reviews are needed by authors…take a few minutes and review this or one of your other favorite books!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and please excuse any typos that I didn’t catch…my vision is still somewhat blurry.
Is it Friday already? Oh my goodness…how time flies! Spring has finally sprung in New England…birds are singing, grass is greening, and daffodil shoots are poking out of sweet-smelling earth.
Today’s Perfect Picture Book is pretty sweet also…what else would you expect from breakfast treats like pancakes and French toast that are begging to have maple syrup poured, powdered sugar sprinkled, and jam spread on them. Ooooh…now I’m hungry. And I think you will be, too, after you finish this book.
My choice is special for another reason. Tomorrow, on Will Write for Cookies, you will get to meet the author, the incredibly talented Josh Funk. It’s a powerhouse interview, jam-packed (there’s that jam again) with valuable info for all of you. And, when you finish reading this post, please hop over to Susannah Leonard Hill’s fantastic group of picture book writers, illustrators, librarians and others who contribute a picture book review and related resources for parents, teachers and children.
Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast
Written by Josh Funk
Illustrated by Brendan Kearney
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books (2015)
Ages: 5 and up
Themes: Friendship, teamwork
A thoroughly delicious picture book about the funniest “food fight” ever! Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast have a beautiful friendship—until they discover that there’s ONLY ONE DROP of maple syrup left. Off they go, racing past the Orange Juice Fountain, skiing through Sauerkraut Peak, and reeling down the linguini. But who will enjoy the sweet taste of victory? And could working together be better than tearing each other apart? The action-packed rhyme makes for an adrenaline-filled breakfast . . . even without a drop of coffee! Read the rest of this entry