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The Pirates of Captain McKee

by Julie Lawson
illustrated by Werner Zimmermann

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published: 2008
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The Pirates of Captain McKee

Two children and a stuffed kangaroo take an unforgettable trip in an enchanted canoe. A delightful combination of whimsical rhymes and lighthearted illustrations. Originally published in 1996 as Whatever You Do, Don’t Go Near That Canoe! by North Winds Press (Our Choice 1997/1998 Starred Selection).

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

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  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
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Captain McKee's canoe has a mind of its own, and takes its passengers on a rollicking pirate adventure!

The narrator of this whimsical rhyming story sets off in an enchanted canoe with his brother and O'Malley - a stuffed kangaroo - and meets up with a band of fearsome pirates. But the swashbucklers turn out to be friendly after all, and they all share a feast of hot dogs and "sizzled mallows," before the canoe speeds the adventurers safely home.

The Pirates of Captain McKee was previously published under the title Whatever You Do, Don't Go Near That Canoe!, a 1996 Governor General Award winner for its illustrations.

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Contributor notes

JULIE LAWSON spent 18 years as an elementary school teacher before becoming a full-time author in 1991. Since then, she has published over twenty books for young people, including two books in the Dear Canada series, A Ribbon of Shining Steel and No Safe Harbour.

Dividing his time between studios in Guelph and Lion's Head, Ontario WERNER ZIMMERMANN works on ideas for new books, his art and teaching in the animation department at Seneca and York University. He enjoys every opportunity to visit schools and libraries across Canada. Werner has twice been nominated for the Governor General's Award for Illustration.

Author's Residence: Victoria, B.C.
Illustrator's Residence: Guelph, Ontario

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