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Burt Dow, Deep-Water Man (Picture Puffins)

by Robert McCloskey

Paperback, 64 pages

Published by Puffin Books (1989-03-01)

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Amazon Description

Whenever Burt Dow, who lives in a snug little house on the Maine coast, sets out to sea, his pet giggling gull goes along. But this time, it will take all his might and some plain old ingenuity to save him and the gull from a raging storm.

One Potato Review

Burt’s the kind of guy you wouldn’t want to run into with a hangover – up and at ‘em first thing in the morning, painting and planting and chirping and clackety-banging out to sea behind his make-and-break engine. If this story seems initially tethered to helium (“Tee-he-he-hee!” you may tire of quoting the giggling gull who is Burt’s primary interlocutor), the whale that appears on Burt’s fishing line – and the sequence from Kipling follows – makes this a worthwhile nautical expedition in the end. That whale is not the half of it either; a churning, unforgettable landscape in these final pages proves enough to excuse even the hoariest of commentaries: “Thar she blows!” 

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