Prince and Pirate (Hardcover)

By Charlotte Gunnufson, Mike Lowery (Illustrator)

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 9780399176043, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 9, 2017

List Price: 16.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


When two little fish with big personalities have to share the same tank, there are rough seas ahead

Prince and Pirate are proud masters of their very own fishbowls, and life goes along swimmingly--until they're scooped up and plopped into shared waters.

Prince is horrified to find this cheeky cod trespassing in his kingdom.

Pirate is sure this scurvy sea slug has come to plunder his treasure.

Thus, a battle of regal sneers, seaworthy stink-eyes, and off-the-hook insults begins.
Prince and Pirate's hilarious duel for territory will elicit gales of giggles, hearty guffaws, and heartfelt smiles. Just when it seems their struggle might end in a silly stalemate, a little surprise convinces them to find a way to get along--swimmingly.

About the Author

Charlotte Gunnufson has never, ever had any trouble sharing. Okay, maybe one time. But that was her big sister's fault. And the other time, her little brother started it. Anyway, Charlotte is author of Halloween Hustle and lots of funny poems for Highlights and Cricket magazines. She lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mike Lowery is the illustrator of The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Firetruck. His work appears in everything from greeting cards to children's books and the Kid's Awesome Activity Calendar. He is a professor of illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta.

Praise For Prince and Pirate

Starred review

Two pet fish duke it out, scale to scale.

Prince, an entitled goldfish, and Pirate, a fish of a decidedly naughty nature, are content as can be within their own little bowls. Then along comes the terrible day when they find themselves sharing a single tank. Prince considers Pirate to be a downright “cheeky cod,” while Pirate can’t stand sharing space with this “worm-eaten peg leg.” Taking a cue from classic movies and sitcoms of yore, they make a line down the tank’s center constructed from white pebbles. But when a cute little dogfish enters their domain (complete with doghouse), they both realize the only way to win its trust is to come to terms with each other. While both the impetus for bringing these two mortal enemies together and the final denouement fail to ring completely true, there’s no denying that the book is a godsend to pirate-themed storytimes nationwide. Gunnufson delights in language, both Prince’s high-falutin’ royal speak and Pirate’s down-and-dirty buccaneer-inflected growl. Lowery, meanwhile, endows his flippered foes with enough humor and heart to sink an ocean liner. Such jokes as Pirate’s surreptitious lift of his eye patch to better view Prince will not go unnoticed.

A watery odd couple perfect for potential royals and scurvy curs alike. (Picture book. 4-7)