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Illustrated by Dean Griffiths
Picture Book for Children Ages 5-8
List Price: $19.95 CAD / $17.95 USD
HC with dust jacket & reinforced trade binding
Trim Size: 27.94 x 24.13 cm / 11 x 9.5 in
Canadian Publication Date: September 5, 2017
U.S. Publication Date: September 11, 2017
Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services
Augusta Garrick returns in a third adventure—her most dramatic yet!
Augusta Garrick has proven that her helpful and gentle-hearted ways don’t make her a bad pirate. In fact, she is even a good pirate. But when her clumsiness destroys a treasure map and injures First Mate Scully, she knows she must learn to be even better.
Eager to make things right, Augusta sets out alone for Crossbones Island. She may not have a map, but she is nimble and fearless! At least, she is trying to be fearless. But there are strange shadows on Crossbones Island, and the Tuna Lubbers’ crew of fierce pirate cats is after the treasure, too. When she finds herself in a dangerous situation with one of the Tuna Lubbers, will Augusta manage to be the better pirate?
“Following the format she set forth in the book’s two predecessors, Winters once again fills her text with piratical lingo while highlighting three adjectives (in this case, ‘crafty,’ ‘nimble,’ and ‘fearless’), allowing her heroine to embody them in her own way. Augusta is proactive, takes charge, and even has a thing or two to say about generosity when the moment is right. Griffiths’ illustrations are in fine form here, by turns beautiful in their evocative backgrounds while also displaying an array of impressively expressive kits and pups. Best be filling yer ditty bag with more of this sort—Tuna Lubbers and Frilly Dogs ahoy!”—Kirkus Reviews
“Kari-Lynn Winters follows the format of the first two pirate books, with playful, pirate language scattered throughout the story and with much of the dynamic text appearing on floating pieces of sail….The buoyant text is mirrored in the dazzling artwork by Dean Griffiths. The wildly colourful and detailed drawings are expressive, action-packed and filled with humour. Griffiths’ charming illustrations have depth and pull the reader right into the story. Using these three imaginative titles produced by this talented duo, an enterprising teacher could treat her students to a fun, pirate-themed unit. The fact that each title features an important lesson or moral, with a refreshing heroine, should make this idea even more motivating. Highly Recommended.”—CM Magazine
“The illustrations are fabulous, full of color, realistic, expressive – and cute….This would be a fun addition to a pirate-themed storytime.”—Youth Services Book Review
“Readers will certainly learn a lesson from Augusta and Kari-Lynn Winters about determination and fulfilment that comes from success without the need for accolades. She may be a dog but she’s a gutsy lassy. Dean Griffiths, who illustrated Kari-Lynn Winters’ earlier Pirate books, continues to endow the story with colour richness and opulent textures from another time…Of course, young readers will love the dogs and cats of all species with their distinguishing features of fur and shape as well as the wide array of their expressions: friendliness, fear, surprise, dismay, anger. Aye, blow me down but Best Pirate is a treasure of a fine tale for pirate lovers on both sea and land.”—CanLit for LittleCanadians
“There is lots of lovely pirate language, and the end papers help define a lot of these for enchanted readers. The illustrations are wonderful, showing emotions and lovely details.”—Canadian Bookworm
“This is the second book about Augusta Garrick, a gentle, helpful pirate who has proven her worth among the more traditional pirate pups….The illustrations are beautiful…”—Booktime