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Cover Art: Battle for the Knotty List
Battle for the Knotty List
By Michael G. Lewis
Illustrated by Stan Jaskiel
Pelican, 2016, ISBN 978-1455621330, US $16.99

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Stealing an elf has consequences. After all, an elf is impish and likes to stir up trouble. And they work for Santa, and what pirate wouldnít love to have toys? Too bad Captín McNasty doesnít think through his plan before he acts.

Soon after the pirates capture the elf, he starts talking about the toy shop. Just one problem Ė the lovely toys are only for nice children. And pirates arenít nice. So . . . the only way to become nice is to stage a mutiny!

No matter how hard he fights, Captín McNasty is doomed to fail since heís only one man against a whole crew of reformed pirates. What do pirates do when they overthrow their captain? They cast him adrift in a boat on a sea teeming with sharks. His only hope is to land safely ashore. There are just a few problems. The spot where he lands has only one house. It precariously perches atop a cliff. And the path up is steep, rocky, and slippery from rain. But Captín McNasty has no option. He must ascend the hill to survive. But what lies in wait on the other side of the front door?

When I first read the title of this book for young pirates, I was instantly intrigued. I understood the play on words Ė knotty vs. naughty Ė but didnít know what would happen. I loved this Christmas adventure and its surprise ending. The brilliant, colorful illustrations are reminiscent of the Sunday comics, and the dark ones with the pirates and the bright ones in the toy shop provide great contrast between naughty and nice. The piratesí faces are expressive with no two being alike. Young pirates will enjoy studying each page to see what treasures it holds. Battle for the Knotty List is sure to be a holiday favorite for young and old pirates alike, not only at Christmas but all year long.

 

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