Poppy the Pirate Dog (Hardcover)

By Liz Kessler, Mike Phillips (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9780763665692, 64pp.

Publication Date: August 27, 2013

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (2/10/2015)

List Price: 14.99*
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Best-selling author Liz Kessler makes her first foray into early fiction with a funny tale about an aspiring pirate dog who is afraid of boats.

Poppy the dalmatian can’t wait to go on a seaside vacation with her family. And when they tie a skull-and-crossbones scarf around her neck, she’s sure a pirate’s life of adventure on the open seas awaits. But to be a pirate dog, Poppy must find her perfect pirate ship. Unfortunately, boats bob up and down a lot. Waves splash over the side. Strange creatures live in the water. After trying — and failing — to be a brave pirate dog on a fishing boat, a seal-spotting cruise, a pedal boat, and a speedboat, Poppy has almost given up. Will she manage to find her pirate ship before the family heads back home? From New York Times best-selling author Liz Kessler comes a full-color early reader for adventurous young scalawags and their pirate pooches.

About the Author

Liz Kessler is the author of the beloved Emily Windsnap series, as well as the Philippa Fisher series and the novels A Year Without Autumn and North of Nowhere. She says that Poppy the Pirate Dog is based on her own beautiful dog, Poppy. “After we moved near the ocean, we bought her a skull-and-crossbones scarf,” she says. “But the funny thing is that she’s a bit scared of water, and that was the inspiration behind this story.” Liz Kessler lives in Cornwall, England.

Mike Phillips has been illustrating everything from picture books to the gruesome Horrible Histories series for almost twenty years. He lives in a small fishing village in England with his family and thinks his own dog, who is also named Poppy—believe it or not!—may want to be a pirate dog as well.

Praise For Poppy the Pirate Dog

Phillips’s playful illustrations rendered in ink and watercolors provide strong context for assistance with word recognition, comprehension, and fluency. In the same vein as Cynthia Rylant’s “Henry and Mudge” books, this well-crafted title is sure to be a hit with early readers
—School Library Journal

The text is divided into short chapters, with a large font and lots of white space around the text blocks to assist new readers. Illustrations in watercolor and ink provide an amusing personality for Poppy...
—Kirkus Reviews

Punchy dialogue and ample artwork nicely gear this to recent picture book graduates.
—Publishers Weekly

An amusing tale for readers who are beyond the beginning stage but not quite ready for full-length chapter books. With its good pacing and appealing artwork, the episodic story also works well as a read-aloud choice. ... Engaging fare for young readers.

Comprised of six chapters, the length of the story makes it suitable for a child who is learning to read independently. Presented in a charming manner, the illustrations contribute to the adventuresome feel. This is a nice addition for children who are still mastering their reading skills.
—Library Media Connection

Perfect for kids looking for an adventurous read.