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publisher: Kids Can Press

Small Saul

illustrated by Ashley Spires

tagged: humorous stories, friendship, pirates
5 of 5
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list price: $18.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
published: Mar 2011
pages: 32
ISBN:9781554535033
publisher: Kids Can Press
Description

From the creator of Binky the Space Cat, a hilarious story about an unconventional little pirate.

Ahoy there! Will this sweet little pirate find his place aboard The Rusty Squid or will he be forced to walk the plank?

When Small Saul joins the crew of The Rusty Squid, it doesn't take long for the other pirates to notice something is very different about this tiny fellow. He was born to sing sea shanties, bake pineapple upside down cakes and redecorate, not to hold a sword and plunder. Being rough and tough just isn't in his nature.

Small Saul learned at Pirate College that pirates only care about three things: their ship, being tough and lots and lots of treasure. Can Small Saul show these ruffians that despite his gentle spirit, he's worth his weight in gold? With treasure chests of laughs, Small Saul's high-seas adventure is a light-hearted celebration of individuality, perseverance and being true to one's self.

About the Author
Ashley Spires is the creator of the award-winning Binky the Space Cat series and has authored and illustrated many picturebooks. Her dog, Gordon, is very pleased that she finally illustrated a book without a cat in it. She lives in Ladner, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.ashleyspires.com.
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Contributor Notes

Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including Small Saul and the Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat and was shortlisted for a Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and an Eisner Award for Binky Under Pressure. Ashley currently lives in British Columbia.

Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including Small Saul and the Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat and was shortlisted for a Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and an Eisner Award for Binky Under Pressure. Ashley currently lives in British Columbia.

Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
3 to 7
Grade:
p to 2
Awards
  • Short-listed, Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens , Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Commended, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Canadian Library Association
  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award
Editorial Reviews

... delightful book.—The Globe & Mail


Spires' tale of an unconventional pirate might travel familiar ground, but her dry humor, so wonderfully displayed in the Binky graphic novels, elevates Saul to great heights. The cartoon watercolor illustrations are always hilariously at odds with the understated text. Charrrh-ming.—Kirkus Reviews


... there's plenty of raucous entertainment to keep pirate-lovers happy.—Publishers Weekly


... Spires' piratical misfit fulfills his potential in a way that is genuinely endearing and hilarious.—Quill & Quire

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