Cover image for The sinking of Captain Otter / written by Troy Wilson ; illustrated by Maira Chiodi.
The sinking of Captain Otter / written by Troy Wilson ; illustrated by Maira Chiodi.
Publication Information:
Berkeley, CA : Owlkids Books Inc., [2018]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 20 x 27 cm
"Kelpy the otter builds himself a boat. A boat that he loves, even though it is most definitely a homemade boat. Despite ridicule by other otters, pirates and sharks, Kelpy sails on. Then he comes across Blistering Blustering Butterbeard: a butterfly pirate in his own tiny boat. At first Kelpy is incredulous - he laughs. But Butterbeard's hurt feelings and tears turn Kelpy's distain to empathy. In a surprising turn, Kelpy scuttles his beloved boat for the butterfly's benefit, indulging Butterbeard and starting an uproarious game that they play again and again and again. Story of an unlikely friendship between an underdog and someone even smaller and more vulnerable than him. Underlying message about following your dream and not letting ridicule, nay-saying or bullying discourage you or stand in the way of pursuing your passions and enjoying life Text is great to read aloud, featuring pleasing repetition, lots of humour, and some fun nautical and pirate terms"--Provided by publisher.
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Kelpy is an otter--and also a passionate sea captain. He builds himself a ship that he adores, from keel to cabin to crow's nest. All the other otters and pirates and sharks just laugh at Kelpy's ramshackle craft, but Kelpy sails on. Until one day on the high seas, he encounters a sailor even more laughable than himself--a petite butterfly pirate in a teeny-tiny boat.

Kelpy's laughter shifts to empathy when he realizes how much he has hurt the tiny pirate's feelings. So Kelpy decides to scuttle his beloved boat in a playful ploy to repair the emotional damage he's done. Along the way, an unlikely friendship (and rivalry) begins.

Packed with rhyme, repetition, and lots of humor, this is a read-aloud with a heartwarming message about following your dreams even in the face of ridicule and doubt, and how even an underdog can lift someone up.