Posted by: kitkat | July 2, 2008

Jack Plank Tells Tales by Natalie Babbitt

This isn’t really related to any of the summer themes, but it was a suggestion from one of my favorite kids at the library. So far I’m glad that she suggested it. Pirates! What could be better?

From Goodreads:

Yes, Jack Plank stared out to be a pirate. His shipmates all liked him, and their ship, the Avarice, was certainly very beautiful. But after a while it was clear that he wasn’t much good at plundering. He just didn’t have the knack for it. So what to do? Jack did the only thing he could do-he went ashore to look for another line of work. The town was called saltwash, on the coast of the Caribbean Sea, and he had a lot of helpful advice from the people in Mrs. DelFresno’s boardinghouse. Somehow, though, each career he looked into seemed to have something wrong with it. And every night at dinner in the boardinghouse, he tired to explain why. For who would want to work where there might be a troll, or the danger of getting a crab caught in your beard? Or what about a music-loving crocodile? There were other things, too, that ran against every suggestion and took the wind out of his sails. At last, Jack sadly decided he wouldn’t be good at anything onshore and would have to go back to sea, pirate or not. But sometimes, as you probably know already, thing work out very nicely when you least expect it.

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