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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: February 2008 ISBN: 9780739364079
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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 Salt-wash, 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 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 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 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 Michelle DeKorver | 2/12/2014

    " Creative and fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 2/6/2014

    " I really like everything I have read by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny Churchill | 1/26/2014

    " It was a good book not one of my favorites but still good While jack is searching for work , i think he learns a valuable lesson. TO find out you'll have to read this book:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catie | 1/18/2014

    " Jack Plank is a displaced pirate. He has a knack for telling tales that include a man that turns into an octopus, mermaids, molasses cake, a girl raised by seagulls, gold treasure, a crab in a beard, a mummy hand, trolls, and a crocodile with a soft spot for the flute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeri | 1/14/2014

    " We really liked this book. It has a clever internal structure. Jack gets fired from being a pirate and each subsequent chapter is "Not a Baker" or "Not a Fortune Teller" and his story of why he can't do that job. Highly enjoyable and easy to read aloud in more than one sitting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/10/2014

    " I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 12/14/2013

    " Not Tuck - but adequate storytelling. Tales seemed too obvious. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nora | 12/8/2013

    " MCL. I like the stories that Jack told. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 11/18/2013

    " Very simple stories - they are engaging but are missing some of the cleverness/inventiveness of her other short story collections. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 11/14/2013

    " My kids, age 7 and 10, loved listening to this short audiobook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/12/2013

    " I picked this book because I love Natalie Babbitt as an author. It was fun to read and very short. The kids liked it because of the unusual and comedic stories Jack Plank tells. It made me laugh out loud over and over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Canny | 9/14/2013

    " Listened to the audio book version and enjoyed it very much. The voice acting was not over done and did not distract from the story as it sometimes can. A fun mix of stories told by the most agreeable pirate I've ever heard of. Whould be good for family listening or reading aloud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen Gurri | 9/1/2013

    " Very fun and very encouraging. The kids had fun coming up with their own stories after reading about Jack. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 7/28/2013

    " This is a sweet little book, and would be an excellent choice for reading aloud to smallish children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ssarutian | 5/31/2013

    " I like all the tales that Jack tells, especially the Crocodile story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrissy | 5/29/2013

    " Jack is an all-around lovable pirate looking for a new profession. Natalie Babbie gives us a series of rollicking tales from a bygone time that ring true and feel authentic. This is one of those books that is new but feels classic. A good read, and an especially good listen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cameron | 2/5/2013

    " Maybe life is not about finding a job but what you are is you and dig deep to find it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debrarian | 12/30/2012

    " Perfectly nice, classroom-readable tales of a former pirate looking for a new career. Full of Babbitt's classic wry humor and amazingly strange storytelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 8/26/2012

    " Excellent tall-tales with a pirate flavor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 5/6/2012

    " Very entertaining. Liked the structure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 4/6/2012

    " Very cute. The illustrations were charming, too. Babbitt never fails to entertain, even when the work isn't as important as Tuck Everlasting or as provocative as The Devil's Storybook. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bev | 3/25/2012

    " This is a cute book, great read aloud for kids in elementary school. Jack Plank is a retired pirate trying to find a job. His efforts lead him into telling stories of his days as a plundering pirate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 11/11/2011

    " my review is on my blog here. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bonny | 10/16/2011

    " I found this book rather boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Erhardt | 7/3/2011

    " My 10-year-old and I both thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining read. Jack Plank, a "retired" pirate, tries to find a new career, but tells his fellow boarding house renters tales about why no career is a good fit for him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ssarutian | 5/23/2011

    " I like all the tales that Jack tells, especially the Crocodile story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 8/16/2010

    " Excellent tall-tales with a pirate flavor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 3/15/2010

    " Very fun and very encouraging. The kids had fun coming up with their own stories after reading about Jack. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/17/2009

    " I picked this book because I love Natalie Babbitt as an author. It was fun to read and very short. The kids liked it because of the unusual and comedic stories Jack Plank tells. It made me laugh out loud over and over. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 10/30/2009

    " Not Tuck - but adequate storytelling. Tales seemed too obvious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 5/29/2009

    " It was a good book not one of my favorites but still good While jack is searching for work , i think he learns a valuable lesson. TO find out you'll have to read this book:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 9/20/2008

    " I want this book on my shelves for future grandchildren to read! It is a classic that can be read quickly or enjoyed one chapter at a time. It kept the attention of a 9 yr old girl and a 12 yr old boy. "

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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.

About the Narrator

John H. Mayer is a writer, actor, and audiobook narrator. In 1973, he cowrote Radio Rocket Boy, an award-winning short film. He also has narrated dozens of audiobooks, including American Lion and The Wolf Tree, among many others.