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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (201 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Natalie Babbitt Narrator: John H. Mayer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 Saltwash, 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 sadly 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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karin | 2/13/2014

    " episodic tales told by an ex-pirate. this one would make a good 3rd grade read-aloud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Margie | 2/12/2014

    " Wonderful read aloud! Endearing, entertaining, short chapters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michelle DeKorver | 2/12/2014

    " Creative and fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Martha | 2/8/2014

    " Hard to be disappointed by Babbitt and her gift for deep notions told with simplicity. Jack Plank Tells Tales is a good, solid read-aloud with plenty of discussion points initiated by the cast of characters who listen daily to Jack's tales as they sit down for supper together. A cozy book with a happy ending tied up neatly. "

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About the Author
Author Natalie Babbitt

Natalie Babbitt, who started as an illustrator, is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for the children’s books she has written.