This hilarious adventure story features Captain Wafer and his fellow pirates. When the pirates kidnap a famous inventor they sail into no end of trouble. Unable to read, they land at the wrong island and, realizing the perils of illiteracy, enroll at the academy of the dreaded Dr Silkwood.
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Margaret Mahy lived in New Zealand and was internationally acknowledged as one of the most outstanding children’s writers of her day. She was the author of more than two hundred books for children of all ages, two of which received England's Carnegie Medal and others of which have garnered numerous citations from the American Library Association. She was also the recipient of an Order of New Zealand, the highest honor a citizen can receive. In 2006 she receivd the Hans Christian Andersen award for her contributions to international children's literature.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-6-- A pi ece de r esistance by an orchestrator of breathlessly nonstop nonsense, farrago, and farce. Returning to the great city of Hookywalker, setting of The Blood and Thunder Adventure on Hurricane Peak (McElderry, 1989), readers meet young Lionel Wafer. Alas for Lionel; he is dissatisfied with living in rule-and-regulation-ridden real life. In his heart he dreams of being a pirate. So do all of the other people who work with him at his retired uncle's tea shop. A great believer in free will, he cuts the cable that binds the tea shop/ship to a wharf, rechristens the craft the Sinful Sausage and, accompanied by a delightfully dysfunctional crew, sets sail in search of fortune and adventure. This band of bumptious buccaneers finds misfortune, muddle, and misadventure, much of it deriving from the fact that none of them can read. However, they soon repair to Dr. Silkweed's Academy, located between a supermarket and a "Rent-a-Librarian" business. To share more will be to spoil readers' pleasure in unraveling a fiendishly convoluted plot, chockablock with mistaken identity, riotous incident, and madcap merriment. Comic devices are crowded aboard: jokes, one-liners, endless alliteration, puns, hyperbole, funny names, slapstick, and so forth. With Mahy at the helm, the Sinful Sausage skims across the wildest waves, driven by the hurricane gale of her readers' unremitting laughter. --Michael Cart, formerly at Beverly Hills Public Library
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Book Description Puffin Books, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Margaret Chamberlain (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0140363270