Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas
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He’s back! The late Mordecai Richler had planned more adventures for his small hero and now, with the full support of the Richler family, award-winning author Cary Fagan carries on the tradition in a hilarious story for a whole new generation of Jacob fans.
After Jacob Two-Two’s father writes a very important novel, the family makes plans to move to Canada.
They board the SS Spring-a-Leak for a journey across the ocean. Jacob Two-Two makes some new acquaintances — the unbelievably handsome Captain Sparkletooth, the acrobatic Bubov Brothers, the failed toy inventor Mr. Peabody, and the giant but gentle Morgenbesser. Most important, he makes friends with young Cindy Snootcastle, who keeps a secret treasure in her pocket.
But something is wrong on the SS Spring-a-Leak. A series of clues — a black eye patch; a parrot who squawks “Apple sauce in your underpants!”; and a sailing ship flying the Jolly Roger — can only mean trouble. Will the intrepid Shapiro and the fearless O’Toole really be left on a desert island? Will Jacob Two-Two be made to walk the plank?
Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas is a treat for those who know Jacob and for those who are about to meet one of the most endearing characters in children’s literature.
pirates, and the boat was lowered into the water. Another boatload of pirates followed behind. As the pirates rowed toward the shore, they began to sing. We’re pirates in a boat, hurrah! We hope to keep afloat, hurrah! But if we start to sink, hurrah! We’ll think this job does stink, hurrah! “Stop that singing!” Crossbones demanded. “I don’t understand why pirates have to sing so much. Now pull up onto the beach.” The sailors jumped into the shallows and pulled the boats up onto the
“Yes, of course. That’s what I meant. This is the ship’s first mate, Mr. Scrounger. I don’t have the foggiest idea why he’s called the first mate since there’s no second mate, but that’s how we do things on a boat.” “ A ship, sir. We call it a ship.” “Right, a ship. Now, if you’ll all go and put your suitcases into your rooms–” “Cabins, sir.” “I mean cabins. Meanwhile, I’ll go to the place where I, uh, drive the ship.” “The wheelhouse.” “What a funny name. Anyway, I’m going to go there and
finished here,” said Mr. Scrounger, who seemed to pop up from nowhere. “You’ve done an excellent job. Now all you have to do is swab the lower deck.” “The lower deck! My arms are tired,” moaned Cindy. “No complaining now. Real sailors don’t whine. Pick up your buckets and mops and follow me.” Mr. Scrounger took them down to the lower deck and left them to swab once more. “I’m so tired,” Cindy said. “I don’t know how we can do this deck too.” Just then a door opened slowly. Jacob and Cindy
we have to swim?” Not being a very strong swimmer was something else that worried Jacob. “Of course not, my boy. We’re going on a ship!” “An ocean liner!” said Daniel excitedly. “Is it one of those luxury ships? Is it the Queen Elizabeth II?” “I’m afraid there were no tickets available on the Queen Elizabeth II,” said Jacob’s father. “But I’m sure the ship we’re going on is very nice. It’s called the SS Spring-a-Leak. Just think, kids, five days on the high seas. It’s going to be splendid. I
up the stairs.” The pirates did as they were told. Jacob could hear the voices of other passengers, including his own parents. “I’ll tell you why we’re here,” Crossbones went on. “We’ve come for the swag, the snatch, the booty – in other words, the treasure.” “Yes, the treasure, the treasure!” sang the pirates. “I don’t know of any treasure aboard the SS Spring-a-Leak. Why do you think there’s treasure here?” “Because I have a spy on your ship.” “A spy aboard the SS Spring-a-Leak? Outrageous.