Thar be lots to love in this PB treasure

Pirate’s Perfect Pet
by Beth Ferry

After Captain Crave discovers that to be a perfect pirate captain he must have a pet, he sets out on his quest to find one. He visits the shore, the farm, the zoo and finally the Pet Emporium.

 

There is so much to love about this book. It’s filled with things kids adore – pirates, animals and pets. The many fun lines and the clever use of poetic technique make this book a blast to read.

Here are just a few examples and some of my favorite lines in the book.

The alliteration:

The title, Pirate’s Perfect Pet. Right away you know you’re in for a treat.

“Captain crave spied a small blue bottle bobbing among the waves …and the sharks.”

“Captain Crave was courageous.”

“Thar be piles of pets!”

The rule of three

“His crew cheered and waved and chanted, ‘Go, Crave!’”

The repetition (and internal rhyme and alliteration):

After the pirates anchored on a sandy beach, come to a farm and come to a zoo …

“They caused quite a commotion as good pirates should.”

The internal rhyme:

“The pirates chased the birdie.”  “They raced the birdie.” “Should we taste the birdie?”

And brilliantly fun lines…

“Crab?” Too cranky.”

“Well, shuck me an oyster and set sail for land…”

And my favorite…

“Shiver me Shih Tzus”

“I’ve been poop-decked,” he yelled.

This book is a fun read and great inspiration while writing and/or revising.

Thank you Beth!

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LOVE THAT LINE  #10

“I do not like that Sam-I-am!”

GREEN EGGSGREEN EGGS AND HAM  
by Dr. Seuss

Beyond his amazing ability to tell a cohesive story in rhyme, Dr. Seuss penned lines that just stick with the reader. By including “that” into this line, Dr. Seuss clearly conveys stubbornness and the distain for Sam-I-am and anything new. Defiant!

Love that Line – Figurative language

There is so much wonderful language in Giraffes Can’t Dance by Gile Andreae.       Here are some of my favorite lines:

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Alliteration:

The warthogs started waltzing and the rhinos rock ‘n’ rolled.

Assonance:

The lions danced a tango that was elegant and bold.

Alliteration:

The chimps all did a cha-cha, with a very Latin feel

and eight baboons then teamed up for a splendid Scottish reel.

Alliteration:

“Excuse me! Coughed a cricket who’d seen Gerald earlier on.

Alliteration and Assonance:

To me the sweetest music is those branches in the breeze.

His neck was gently swaying, and his tail was swishing ‘round.

He threw his legs out sideways, and he swung them everywhere.

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LOVE THAT LINE #9

“Everyone from the class guinea pig to the principal had magnificent memories of the older Gratch girls.”

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by Alan Madison

This line says it all – Velma lives in the shadow of her sisters. The word magnificent depicts the extent to which Velma feels that, leaving the reader to wonder if she’ll ever measure up to her older sisters. Including the guinea pig in this line further exacerbates the feeling that Velma’s sisters left quite an impression on everyone. Underdog!

 

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LOVE THAT LINE #8

“Time to Cook? I’m too tired. I am so-o-o uninspired – ‘cause my plan to catch monkeys completely backfired.”

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WHAT TIME IS IT MR. CROCODILE?

by Judy Sierra

With its frolicking rhyme and fast paced tempo, this story moves Mr. Crocodile’s day along quickly, until, this line brings it to a halt. The way you breathe and pause when you read this line signals the change in the direction of the story. Game-changing!

 

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LOVE THAT LINE # 7

“When she was a baby her first words were “Four score and seven years ago.’”

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Knowing that for most kids their first words are “momma” or “dada”, you immediately get the sense that Imogene is going to do something big and as a result, make her own bit of history. Genius!

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LOVE THAT LINE #6

“Where are the GIRLS?”

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GRACE FOR PRESIDENT

by Kelly DiPucchio

I hope these words get uttered every time a young girl sees a picture of the former presidents. My wish is that all girls believe they can be whatever they want to be and that Grace’s question soon becomes a thing of the past. Moxie!

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LOVE THAT LINE #5

“So when the sun rose in the sky, I thought I’d give it one more try.”

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by Al Perkins

I love this line because it’s encouraging. Although Duke struggles to dig and almost gives up, he wakes up on a bright sunny, (optimistic) day and gives digging another shot and succeeds! Most kids assume all dogs can dig, but Duke reminds the readers that sometimes what might seem easy to one person (or dog) , may take more effort for another. Could be titled Doggedest Dog. Motivating!

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LOVE THAT LINE #4

“You are only a small girl.”

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SPARROW GIRL

by Sara Pennypacker

This line resonates with me because so many times, children, as well as adults, fail to understand that their efforts, as a single, maybe “small” person, can and DO make a difference. Although Ming-Li is a small girl, what she does is so big that even the “big” people are impressed. After reading this book, all should hesitate before ever asking “I’m only one person, how can I make a difference?” Humbling!

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LOVE THAT LINE #3

“When we have a problem we must choose what we will be.”

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by Joy Cowley

This line reminds readers that although we may not always choose our circumstance, we can always choose our reaction to the circumstance. Instead of just addressing Marta’s current situation, the grandma encourages Marta to see with a more global perspective and  leaves us all with words to live by.Wise words from a wise grandma. Insightful!