Author: Troy Wilson
Genre: children’s books, picture books
Publisher: Owl Kids
Pub Date: October 15, 2018
Taken from NetGalley
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.
I will first say, I love anything with otters and these illustrations were super adorable! Kelpy is Captain Otter! He built his ship out of scraps, and he was quite proud of it too! He loved his ship from “keel to crow’s nest.” But not everyone did. The otters laughed at him, the pirates laughed at him and even the waves laughed at Kelpy’s Ship. That’s ok, Kelpy just “straightened his hat and sailed on.”
He then battles the blistering butterbeard! A butterfly pirate, of course!
What’s not to love with this silly pirate tale!?
Thanks so much to OwlKids Books and NetGalley for this e-copy! It was lots of fun to read!
Thank you to Owl Kids and NetGalley for this adorable advanced copy!
Happy Reading Friends!❤️
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