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Victricia Malicia : book-loving buccaneer
Carrie Clickard
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In Clickard's debut, a pirate tale in verse, heroine Victricia would rather read than swashbuckle. Her bookishness isn't her only problem; it's part of a bigger package of nerdy, out-of-place feelings (she makes a shirt that reads "I Heart Dry Land"). To her credit, Clickard takes rhyme and meter seriously, achieving, at her best, a Gilbert and Sullivan-like patter as she imagines the pirates mulling disciplinary measures ("Let's ground her awhile-" "For a week-" "Maybe two..." "On a boring old island, with nothing to do." " 'Twill heighten her gratitude." "Fix her pirattitude!"). Although Victricia redeems herself, she knows her heart isn't at sea, opting for a life as a bookseller-and bringing about a career change among her former shipmates, who become "the world's first seafaring librarians!" In full-bleed spreads, Meyers (the Ballpark Mysteries series) provides lots of pirate detail and even an ironic moment or two (Victricia's baby cradle mobile features a fish skeleton and a dagger, presumably to encourage early pirate development). Rollicking, sea-chantey verse and slapstick humor make this a promising readaloud. Ages 4-8. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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