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Cindy Vallar, Editor & Reviewer
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Cover Art: Fluffy: Scourge of the Sea
Fluffy: Scourge of the Sea
by Teresa Bateman
Illustrated by Michael Chesworth
Charlesbridge, 2005, ISBN 1-58089-099-7, $14.95 US / $22.95 CAN

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Fluffy navigates his yacht around the ocean in a manner befitting his station in life, that of a pampered poodle. One day pirates with villainy in their hearts seize his yacht and take him prisoner. They ridicule his bow tie, plumed hat, and natty attire, but rather than take the bait, Fluffy shows these dogs just what he is—the scourge of the sea! None believe him until the captain challenges him to a series of typical and atypical pirate duels. Fluffy wins the day, but how will he convince the other sea dogs to follow his lead?

This picture book is hilarious and perfect for reading aloud to children of all ages! Teresa Bateman’s singsong text ensnares the reader and listener alike, while introducing them to the world of pirates. Violence is only hinted at, and Fluffy’s resourcefulness saves the day. Michael Chesworth’s watercolors are captivating and laced with treasures to explore. They are the perfect complement to the story, and bring Fluffy and all the other sea dogs to life. Fluffy: Scourge of the Sea is one of those rare picture books that children want to read over and over again.

Sample Page from Fluffy


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