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- Pirates are irresistible, and in McNaughton's third Captain Abdul adventure, they're particularly wonderful. When Captain Abdul's disgruntled wife leaves a treasure chest on board The Golden Behind, the crew is shocked to find Abdul's little son, the "treasure" of the title, hidden inside. With Abdul "sooperavizin'," babysitting quickly replaces the crew's more typical activities, and pretty soon the "hairy and scary" pirates warm to their task. They laugh at each of Little Treasure's antics, especially when he mispronounces dinner ("Swossages!"), and miss him mightily when he is gone, but everyone cheers up when all the pirate wives send their babies as replacements. The watercolor-and-ink pictures are scrumptious, all eye patches and wild hair, and there's lots of amusing, vernacular pirate talk ("Ooh-aargh, ye swabs!") to enliven read-alouds.
- Flourishes such as word-balloons, varied typefaces, and parodies of sea shanties and nursery rhymes add to the gleeful chaos.
- Recommended ages: 4-8 years.
- Hardcover with 48 pages.
- Written and illustrated by Colin McNaughton.
Brand: World Publications Group