Captain's Log
A perfect choice for kids (and parents!) trapped inside on a snow day. When his Ernest Shackleton report is ironically quashed because of a snowstorm, a school cancellation-celebrating elementary schooler chronicles his adventures at home with hilarious log entries and read-aloud-friendly results.The Captain's (our young protagonist) belongings start to go missing while homebound due to weather, and humorous attacks and pell-mell mutiny follow. After a series of snow day events, the crew (the Captain's parents), the first mate (his trusty dog), and the scallywag (also known as the younger sibling) are freed from their snowbound home, and the Captain returns to school.Kids will laugh at the Captain's battle with his siblings, and parents will relate to the antics that ensue when the weather prevents students from heading to class and upsets daily routines and schedules.*"Entertaining, informative--utterly delightful"-- Kirkus Reviews , STARRED review

Captain's Log Details

TitleCaptain's Log
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 6th, 2018
PublisherCharlesbridge Publishing
ISBN-139781580898256
Rating
GenreHumor, Adventure, Childrens, Picture Books

Captain's Log Review

  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Dropping 1/2 a star because it bugged me that we were NEVER given an answer about what happened to his muffler or any of the other missing items. Bother. I really don't like loose threads.
  • Pop Bop
    January 1, 1970
    Sly HumorThe setup here is very clever. A snow day cancels our hero's school presentation on Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic adventures. Full of thoughts about Shackleton, his crew, and the trials and perils of being ice bound, our hero assumes the identity of an arctic explorer and keeps a log of events at his home. The house becomes a ship, the family dog becomes first mate, cookies are hardtack, and so on.This is all very clever and is remarkably well complemented by drawings that fall midway b Sly HumorThe setup here is very clever. A snow day cancels our hero's school presentation on Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic adventures. Full of thoughts about Shackleton, his crew, and the trials and perils of being ice bound, our hero assumes the identity of an arctic explorer and keeps a log of events at his home. The house becomes a ship, the family dog becomes first mate, cookies are hardtack, and so on.This is all very clever and is remarkably well complemented by drawings that fall midway between what's really happening and how it looks in our kid-captain's imagination. Having the story in log book form, giving everyday items new nautical names, and styling events at home as though they were snowbound Shackleton crew adventures, sells the premise and invites a kid reader to join in the imaginative fun.The upshot is that, while this is a short picture book, it packs a lot in and feels like a very re-readable picture book. For what it's worth, at the end of the book there is a nice summary of the real Shackleton adventure. I could see explaining that to a kid before diving in to the book so that they get the full effect of the jokes. And be that as it may, the story is fun enough just as a silly snowday adventure.(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting premise and story which makes a nice introduction to Shackleton. CRAZY fun illustrations.
  • Bekka
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Edelweiss and Charlesbridge Publishing for early access to this title.VERY fun! I loved the illustrations, and the story is very cute. The sibling rivalry is perfect! A great read for kids and adults as well.
  • Andréa
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
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