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Children's Fiction Friendship

The Sinking of Captain Otter

by (author) Troy Wilson

illustrated by Maira Chiodi

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Oct 2018
Friendship, Humorous Stories, Emotions & Feelings, Pirates
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2018
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 5


Kelpy is an otter—and also a passionate sea captain. He builds himself a ship that he adores, from keel to cabin to crow’s nest. All the other otters and pirates and sharks just laugh at Kelpy’s ramshackle craft, but Kelpy sails on. Until one day on the high seas, he encounters a sailor even more laughable than himself—a petite butterfly pirate in a teeny-tiny boat.

Kelpy’s laughter shifts to empathy when he realizes how much he has hurt the tiny pirate’s feelings. So Kelpy decides to scuttle his beloved boat in a playful ploy to repair the emotional damage he’s done. Along the way, an unlikely friendship (and rivalry) begins.

Packed with rhyme, repetition, and lots of humor, this is a read-aloud with a heartwarming message about following your dreams even in the face of ridicule and doubt, and how even an underdog can lift someone up.

About the authors


Troy Wilson est l'auteur du livre Les cancans du canard publié aux Éditions Scholastic. Il a également écrit plusieurs histoires pour enfants publiées dans les magazines chickaDEE, Chirp et Highlights for Children. Troy n'a pas tenu de kiosque de limonade quand il était jeune. Il affirme aussi qu'il n'a jamais rivalisé avec son petit frère, sauf quand ils jouaient à des jeux vidéo. Troy habite à Victoria, en Colombie-Britannique.


Troy Wilson was born in Port Alberni, British Columbia, and currently lives in Victoria. Though he is best known as the author of the beloved and best-selling picture book Perfect Man, he has also written numerous kids' stories for Chickadee, Chirp, and Highlights for Children. Troy has given well-received presentations at schools, libraries, bookstores, festivals, and conferences across Canada.

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MAIRA CHIODI is an illustrator and surface pattern designer with a graphic design background. Her work has appeared in magazines, books, games, and wall decals, among other products. Inspired by nature, animation and the culture of her home country, Brazil, her style is joyful and colorful, with a hint of humor that pleases grown-ups and children alike. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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Editorial Reviews

"The story has some repeating text that would be fun for the classroom read aloud. A great addition to any school library."

School Library Connection

"Fun—and with a supportive message for readers who march to different drums."

Kirkus Reviews

“The Sinking of Captain Otter should spark the imagination and playfulness of readers both young and old.”

Resource Links

“With an important message, creative formatting and lovely pictures, The Sinking of Captain Otter is a great picture book to have in collections.”

Canadian Review of Materials

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