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  • Ship’s Cook Ginger

    Stopping at the Belmont Library instead of our usual, the Hollywood, I was hoping to find the second How To Train Your Dragon book, but they didn’t have it. But I was happy to find one of the Edward Ardizzone TIM books that we hadn’t read yet. If you haven’t read them, and I can never find anyone who has, they’re about a little British boy who contrives to go off to sea a lot and somehow hasn’t been labeled as the jinx of the Atlantic despite every voyage resulting in either a ship-sinking gale blowing up or a mutinous crew or being rammed by another vessel.

    Ship’s Cook Ginger (Tim’s red-haired friend who says “Oh poof” a lot) finally addresses the responsibility of his parents always letting a small child out on the open seas despite his history.

    Tim’s mother did not like the idea at all. Something horrid always happened when Tim and Ginger went to sea.

    And the parents for once, go along with the kids. A situation manifests to make them put ashore at a nearby port and take the train home though, and we’re right back into near-death on the rocks. I was surprised to look at the date and find this was the very last book Ardizzone did in the series, because we had read one called Tim’s Last Voyage. Even though done in the author’s final years in 1977, it’s as much fun high adventure as the earliest of the series began in the late ’30′s.

    All of the books are loaded with good illustrations and are a good brisk read, and the threats of children in mortal peril are always enjoyed by my kids, look into them if you have a chance.


    Comment from Eric
    Time: January 15, 2012, 10:32 am

    We’ll have to keep an eye out for these!

    Comment from Parker
    Time: January 15, 2012, 10:36 am

    You will love them!

    Comment from Eric
    Time: January 15, 2012, 7:04 pm

    If one were to start with one book, should they go in chronological order, or is there a better introduction?

    Comment from Parker
    Time: January 15, 2012, 7:24 pm

    Starting at the beginning works fine, but it doesn’t matter too much. I think the first one we read was Tim To The Lighthouse. He was good about making them all stand alone.