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Owlkids Books Fall 2018 Frontlist

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    Lexile measure: 390L Guided Reading Level: K Reading Recovery Level: 18
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The Sinking of Captain Otter
By (author): Troy Wilson Illustrated by: Maira Chiodi
9781771473118 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 5, Grade (US) from P - 5 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship Oct 15, 2018
$19.95 CAD
Forthcoming 10.13 x 7.5 x 0.38 in | 368 gr 32 pages Color illustrations throughout Owlkids Books
A hilarious and heartwarming tale of finding friends in unlikely places

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.


TROY WILSON is the author of Liam Takes a Stand and other picture books,
and has published numerous stories in children’s magazines, including
chickaDEE and Chirp. The Sinking of Captain Otter was inspired by a
little book called Captain Otter that Troy wrote and illustrated when he
was in Grade One. Troy lives in Victoria, BC.

MAIRA CHIODI is an illustrator and surface pattern designer with a
graphic design background. Her work has appeared in magazines, books,
games, and wall decals, among other products. Inspired by nature,
animation and the culture of her home country, Brazil, her style is
joyful and colorful, with a hint of humor that pleases grown-ups and
children alike. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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"Fun—and with a supportive message for readers who march to different drums." - Kirkus Reviews

"The story has some repeating text that would be fun for the classroom read aloud. A great addition to any school library." - School Library Connection

“With an important message, creative formatting and lovely pictures, The Sinking of Captain Otter is a great picture book to have in collections.” - Canadian Review of Materials

“The Sinking of Captain Otter should spark the imagination and playfulness of readers both young and old.” - Resource Links

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