Captain Sneer The Buccaneer
by Penny Morrison (Goodreads Author), Gabriel Evans (Goodreads Author)(Illustrator)
Debra Tidball's review
Oct 05, 2016
I love this book! The text has a rollicking rhythm and rhyme that hilariously subverts reader expectations until the very end. There are surprises to be had at the turn of every page.
The illustrations are absolutely perfect for the swashbuckling tale - wonderfully earthy full paged pictures (think 'Pirates of the Caribbean' rather than Disney's 'Hook') yet with a luminescence that glitters like the elusive gold. Evans has used pencil, watercolour and gouache to create this effect. With the Captain himself, Evans has mastered a look of a vulnerable villain - to the point of being almost cuddly.
Like all great picture books, the story is to be found in the combination of words and pictures, not either in isolation, and it rewards the reader on re-readings as there is always something more to discover.
I was fortunate enough to attend the book launch, and to see it performed in front of a group of kids was magic. Perfect for reading to a group of kids in a class or more intimately snuggled up with a child on your lap - either way it's great fun. This one will be asked for again and again, and parents will be happy to oblige. Highly Recommended.
I’m Captain Sneer, the buccaneer.
My crew salutes when I pass near.
I’m rough and tough.
I’m brave and bold.
I sail the seas for gold, Gold, GOLD.
Meet Captain Sneer, the boastful buccaneer. He’s tough and mean, fearsome and daring. Or is he? As he faces challenges, we get hints that perhaps he isn’t quite as brave as he wants people to believe.
In this high-seas adventure, author Penny Morrison introduces readers to the boastful, blustering pirate. The crew, and readers, can see that Captain Sneer isn’t anywhere near as brave and adventurous as he thinks he is, creating a humorous pantomime-like tone to the story.
The rhyming text is fun and has a pleasing rhythm that makes it perfect to read aloud, and the twist at the end will have young readers giggling. The illustrations by West Australian illustrator Gabriel Evans complement the text perfectly.
Captain Sneer the Buccaneer is the perfect book to enjoy on Talk Like a Pirate Day, (today!) or anytime you’re ready for a rollicking pirate adventure.
Title: Captain Sneer the Buccaneer
Author: Penny Morrison
Illustrator: Gabriel Evans
Publisher: Walker Books, $24.99
Publication Date: 1 September 2016
Format: Hard Cover
For ages: 4 - 7
Type: Picture Book
Reviewed by Susan Whelan
Plus: 12 Curly Questions
SWASHBUCKLING adventure awaits in this marvellous picture book. Captain Sneer is the boldest and bravest pirate of them all … most of the time. His crew are headed for treasure and glory, with a surprise or two along the way.
Rollicking rhymes make this a joy to read aloud, and Evans’ illustrations are evocative and incredibly rich with detail. This is a funny tale to be enjoyed over and over by fans of all things piratey.
Great for ages 3+.
Title: Captain Sneer The Buchaneer
Author: Penny Morrison & Gabriel Evans
Reviewer: Breanna O’Brien
Reviewed by Ashling Kwok
Get ready for a rollicking good time with this fun, rhyming story about a boastful pirate. Captain Sneer thinks he is rough and tough and bold and brave, but readers soon find out things are not what they seem. Join Captain Sneer and his merry men as they go on an adventure sailing the seas in search of treasure.
This comical tale by Penny Morrison is packed with action which will delight young readers and leave them wanting more. The illustrations by Gabriel Evans are fantastic and the exquisite colour palette brings the images to life.
Readers will delight in the energetic, rhythmical nature of the text, which will encourage children to read along and become involved in the story.
Imagine how much fun children will have reading these words aloud:
“I’m Captain Sneer, the buccaneer. My crew salute when I pass near.
I’m rough and tough, I’m brave and bold. I sail the seas for gold, gold, GOLD!”
Captain Sneer the Buccaneer is a creative, humorous, and entertaining tale that children and adults will enjoy. It will appeal to both boys and girls and will soon become a family favourite.