Small Saul

Ashley Spires
Ashley Spires

From the creator of Binky the Space Cat, a hilarious story about an unconventional little pirate.

Ahoy there! Will this sweet little pirate find his place aboard The Rusty Squid or will he be forced to walk the plank?

When Small Saul joins the crew of The Rusty Squid, it doesn't take long for the other pirates to notice something is very different about this tiny fellow. He was born to sing sea shanties, bake pineapple upside down cakes and redecorate, not to hold a sword and plunder. Being rough and tough just isn't in his nature.

Small Saul learned at Pirate College that pirates only care about three things: their ship, being tough and lots and lots of treasure. Can Small Saul show these ruffians that despite his gentle spirit, he's worth his weight in gold? With treasure chests of laughs, Small Saul's high-seas adventure is a light-hearted celebration of individuality, perseverance and being true to one's self.

978-1-55453-503-3 | Mar 1, 2011
List Price: USD $16.99, CAD $18.99
4-color 8 x 10 32 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7
978-1-55453-959-8 | Jun 15, 2012
List Price: USD $5.99, CAD $5.99

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Awards & Reviews

“Spires' tale of an unconventional pirate might travel familiar ground, but her dry humor, so wonderfully displayed in the Binky graphic novels, elevates Saul to great heights. The cartoon watercolor illustrations are always hilariously at odds with the understated text. Charrrh-ming.”
— Kirkus Reviews, February 2011
“... Spires' piratical misfit fulfills his potential in a way that is genuinely endearing and hilarious.”
— Quill & Quire, April 2011
“... delightful book.”
— The Globe & Mail, April 2011
“... there's plenty of raucous entertainment to keep pirate-lovers happy.”
— Publishers Weekly, May 2011
2012 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2012 - Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award, Short-listed
2012 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Canadian Library Association, Commended
2012 - Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed
2012 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

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