Pirate’s Perfect Pet
by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Matt Myers
Candlewick Press, 2016
Pirate Captain Crave receives a note in a bottle listing what makes a perfect pirate and discovers he’s missing one thing, “Well, shuck me an oyster and set sail for land. We needs to find me a pet.” He and his crew hit the beach in search of their pet, but are not impressed with cranky crabs, clingy octopus’ or quiet clams, so they march to a farm and finally a zoo. But it’s not until they go to the Pet Emporium that Captain Crave discovers a bird with attitude that stands up to his swashbuckling crew. The bold, detailed illustrations in acrylic and oil both set the scene for the Captain’s story and rustles up another story for good measure. This humorous tale includes a pirate who sports pink bunny slippers. A jolly good read.