Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 2, 2016

Book Giveaway – Pirate’s Perfect Pet – Beth Ferry

Congratulations! The winner of PIRATE’S PERFECT PET is Karen Belli. Please send your address to receive your book.

Ahoy Mateys! Author of Stick and Stone, Beth Ferry has agreed to do a book giveaway for her new book, PIRATE’S PERFECT PET that launched today.

Beth is having a book launch at her local indie, Booktowne, in Manasquan, N.J. on August 7, 2016 from 12 – 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. There will be parrots!!

All you have to do to get in the running for the book is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you did to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Please make sure you check back on August 16th to discover the winner. Make sure I’m able to find your contact information, in case your name is drawn.

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Ahoy! Pirates, pets, and puns run amok as a swaggering, softhearted captain takes off on a mad search for the perfect animal sidekick.

Big, brave Captain Crave can check off most items on the handy Be Your Best Buccaneer checklist. He has a pirate ship, an eye patch, courage and daring, and more. Only one thing is missing: Captain Crave doesn’t have a pet. Arrr! Shuck me an oyster and set sail for land! The captain and his crew race and chase critters of every size and shape, from the beach to a farm to the zoo to a pet shop, causing a commotion wherever they go. But just when all seems lost, the search party stumbles on the most perfectly perfect pet for Captain Crave. Has he finally met his match? Aye-aye!

beth ferry pirate


Pirate’s Perfect Pet was inspired by one of my favorite things – word play. In this case, the homophones “eye”, “aye” and “I”.

The word “aye” reminded me of a joke my husband used to tell. The ending goes something like this:

Sailor: “How did you get your eyepatch?”

Pirate: “A bird pooped in me eye.”

Sailor: “Bird poop did that?”

Pirate: “It was the day after I got me hook.”

My kids loved this joke and begged him to tell it again and again.

It was the spark that inspired this story.

Captain Crave’s checklist includes all the things he needs to be the perfect pirate captain.

Although we all know that pirates are associated with eye patches and peg legs, I did a little research just for fun. Here’s what I learned:

  • Pirates didn’t really make anyone walk the plank. It was just easier to throw them overboard. The novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson popularized this myth.
  • Same goes for parrots. Pirates did not keep parrots as pets. They mainly captured them for resale in Europe where the exotic pet trade was booming. Treasure Island once again popularized this myth with Long John Silver keeping a parrot on his shoulder. Stevenson got this idea from Robinson Crusoe.
  • Peg legs were not very common because few men survived amputation. Doctors were rare among ships and usually the cook was called upon to do the amputations. Yikes.
  • And lastly I learned why pirates are called pirates. They just arrrrrrrrr.

Matt Myers took this story and transformed it into something gorgeous. His illustrations are stunning and absolutely perfect. This book is one I will always treasure and I hope kids feel the same way!

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Beth Ferry is the author of the picture books, Stick and Stone, Land Shark, A Small Blue Whale (Knopf, 2017) and Swashby and the Sea (HMH, 2018). She lives and writes by the beach in New Jersey where the salty air always inspires her.

beth pirate interior

Congratulations Beth! Looks like another award winning book to me and so much fun. For all ye landlubbers here’s ye link to buy Pirate’s Perfect Pet.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Great news! Congratulations, Beth! All the best-Jen Reinharz

    • Thanks Jen!!

  2. HA – this book would have been one my kids would have loved. Putting it on the list for my soon to be born Grandbaby! Shared on FB (Laura Hartman) & Twitter:

    • Thank you. That is so nice!

  3. Stick and Stone is one of my all-time favorite books. Congrats to Beth on her latest. Please enter me in the contest, and thanks for the opportunity.

    • Thanks Kirsten!

  4. Love the word play, Beth! Mega congrats and much continued success.

    • Thanks Robin. And you too!

      • Thanks! ❤️

  5. Have been waiting for this one after Beth introduced it at NJ SCBWI! Congrats, Beth. 🙂

    • Thanks Wendy!! Hope you are doing great.

  6. Congratulations! So glad this one is finally out. I love how your husband’s joke inspired the story and your pirate fact checking. 🙂

    • Thanks so much!

  7. Beth, I love word play too. I’m looking forward to reading your new PB.

    • So nice. Thank you!

  8. Can’t wait to get my hooks on this book!

    • Yo-ho-ho!

    • Ha! Love the pun.

  9. Loved Stick and Stone. Can’t wait to read to read Pirate’s Perfect Pet!

    • Thanks Barbara

  10. I love Stick and Stone, Land Shark, and am looking forward to reading Pirate’s Perfect Pet. It was great hearing about your writing process for this book at the NJ Conference last November and equally great meeting a fellow central Jersey girl. Congrats on your newest book.

    • Thanks Heather. That is so nice.

  11. Congratulations, Beth! My grandsons will love this book!

    • I hope so. Thank you!

    • Karen,

      Yay! You won Pirate’s Perfect Pet. Email me your address. Thanks.


  12. Being a lover of pirates, I can’t wait to get me hands on this one! Congratulations on all your upcoming PB’s too!

    • Thank you Donna.

  13. This book is a “pirates treasure” to be sure. LOVE IT! I tweeted, posted this on FB and am reblogging as well. No bookshelf should be without PIRATES PERFECT PET! Congratulations Beth, on another winner!

    • You are the sweetest!

  14. Reblogged this on Darlene Beck-Jacobson and commented:
    Couldn’t resist sharing the news about this fun new picture book form author BETH FERRY.

  15. can’t WAIT for the book launch at Booktowne!!! yo-HO!

    • yo ho xo

  16. Stick and Stone is a favorite — can’t wait to get my hands on this book! I shared on Twitter and on my FB Page Lynne Marie and my Children’s Author Lynne Marie Page. Fingers crossed.

    • Thanks so much!

  17. I’m doing a pirate theme in my kdg classroom! I’ll have to keep an eye out for this book. And I enjoyed your NF facts/myths about pirates!

    • Oh yay! Thank you.

  18. Can’t wait to get a copy. And I might even make it to her launch! Sharing on Facebook too.

    • That would be awesome Nancy!

  19. Congratulations, Beth. Your new book looks wonderful, can’t wait to read it!

    • Thanks so much Judy

  20. This book looks so fun! I really want to read it. This was a fun post. Thanks for sharing.

  21. My grand nephew would love this book! What fun.

  22. Your new PB sounds wonderful, as do your other books! I will have to check out your pirate!

  23. I love pirate books, and this one sounds great.

    • Nancy,

      It is. I have read it three time and it’s wonderful.


  24. Oh wow! I love all things pirate! I love Pirates of the Caribbean (both ride and movie), I love Treasure Island (and it’s less well known version Treasure Planet, which I LOVE as well), I just love them! Maybe it’s because they conjure up wonderful images of seafaring, adventure, and romance. Congrats to whoever wins this book, it seems like a real gem! I will have to order it at my local library!

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