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Author: Hamilton, Tim
In Halibut Bay, Eddie and his dog Phil must give up their plans for fishing to help ailing Aunt Sue with her chores, which include throwing a pirate birthday party for Sue's friend, Captain Rugbeard.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.20
Points: .5 Quiz: 169269
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 2.30
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 64227
Kirkus Reviews (07/15/14)
School Library Journal (09/01/14)
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School Library Journal - 09/01/2014 K-Gr 2—By the rickety, ramshackle houses of Halibut Bay, pelicans hug themselves for warmth. Actually, so do cats, mice, and all humans, for everyone in Halibut Bay has a cold head, as hats are hard to come by. Eddie and his dog Phil have been given the unenviable task of taking care of his Aunt Sue during her recovery from a broken leg, and the two sail forth with a strong headwind into the cold, keeping an eye out for pirates. Eddie first struggles with the loss of his fishing day, then gamely attempts to complete Aunt Sue's extensive list of chores, highlighted in a background of zany perspective and detail—from the top of three stories looking down, inside a darkened room looking out, as if viewed through curved lens. Among the items on the scrolled to-do list are the instructions to throw a birthday party for Sue's pirate friend, Captain Rugbeard—and "get him a good present." Eddie's initial choice appears to be a disaster until quick thinking not only gives the Captain what he needs but also appears to be a solution for the common problem of every hatless resident. This title has much to engage readers: frequent page-ending pauses of the title conjunction "but"; humorous plot twists; quirky, cartoon characterizations; and friendly, neighborhood pirates. An entertaining addition.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.