Jack Plank Tells Tales

Author(s): Natalie Babbitt
Original Publish Date: Feb 26, 2008
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (2.12 hours)
Product Number: Z100026497
Released: Feb 26, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780739364093
Narrator/s: John H. Mayer
Publisher: Listening Library
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Yes, Jack Plank started out to be a pirate. His shipmates all liked him, and their ship, the Avarice, was certainly very beautiful. But after a while it was clear that he wasn't much good at plundering. He just didn't have the knack for it. So what to do? Jack did the only thing he could do—he went ashore to look for another line of work. The town was called Salt-wash, on the coast of the Caribbean Sea, and he had a lot of helpful advice from the people in Mrs. DelFresno's boardinghouse. Somehow, though, each career he looked into seemed to have something wrong with it. And every night at dinner in the boardinghouse he tried to explain why. For who would want to work where there might be a troll, or the danger of getting a crab caught in your beard? Or what about a music-loving crocodile? There were other things, too, that ran against every suggestion and took the wind out of his sails. At last, Jack decided he wouldn't be good at anything onshore and would have to go back to sea, pirate or not. But sometimes, as you probably know already, things work out very nicely when you least expect it.

Professional reviews

"It's 1720, and times are tough on the AVARICE. Jack Plank, a pirate lacking the knack for plundering, finds himself set ashore near the town of Saltwash, Jamaica. Mrs. DelFresno agrees to let him stay at her boardinghouse for a trial week. If the other boarders don't mind and he can find a job, he can stay. Each day 11-year-old Nina accompanies Jack on his job search, and every evening at supper he tells a tale from his pirate days--a tale that demonstrates quite clearly why he couldn't do this job or that. John Mayer brings Natalie Babbitt's ersatz pirate to life. Young listeners will enjoy Jack's swashbuckling tales and will nod in agreement when the perfect job finds Jack. N.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"