It is a sad and sorry day when Burnt Beard the Pirate and his scurvy crew swagger into Old Cheyenne looking to bury their treasure. Black Bob McKraw—terror of the Wild West—and his posse don't take too kindly to pirates invading their town. And to add insult to injury, the pirates and cowboys can't understand a lick of what the others are saying. None of them cowboys speak Pirate, and none of them pirates speak Cowboy. Who will save the day before these sorry—and stinky!—bilge rats and yellow-bellied varmints draw their cutlasses and six-shooters?
From the creator of the hilarious Creepy Carrots, comes the story of a simple misunderstanding that almost meant the end of Old Cheyenne.
The collaborators behind Snowbots return with a tale that gleefully pokes fun at pirate and cowboy vernacular while demonstrating how difficult it can be to find common ground. When Burnt Beard, a surly octopus pirate, needs to stash some booty, he and his crew (which includes a turtle with an eye patch and a goldfish in a bowl) head to Old Cheyenne, territory belonging to Black Bob McKraw and "his gang of rip-roarin' rustlers were nastier than week-old chili, and twice as gassy." Burnt Beard asks where they might "be findin' a fair scrub and a swish," and Black Bob, who doesn't speak pirate, takes offense. After several silly trash-talking exchanges, "Pistols pointed. Swords flashed. Lips sneered. Nostrils flared" in a showdown; luckily, Pegleg Highnoon, "the world's only pirate cowboy," steps in as mediator. Reynolds's tongue-twisting retorts are fun, but sometimes slow the story's pace (and the absence of even one female character is surprising). However, Barneda's cartoon-styled acrylic and pencil illustrations contribute abundant humor (one of the cowboys is a fierce potted cactus) and tension. Ages 5 8.