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Lynn Becker (Film/Video 88)

Lynn Becker’s picture book, Monsters in the Briny, illustrated by Scott Brundage, came out in April from Sleeping Bear Press. Set to the tune of “What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor,” a ship’s crew has to contend with a coterie of mythical sea creatures, all demanding comfort and attention. As each creature threatens to swamp the ship, the quick-thinking sailors know just what to do to save the day, from serving pancakes to mopping a sweaty forehead to sharing an umbrella to keep the rain away. But what happens when the sailors have had enough? Back matter includes information about the sea creatures featured, music and lyrics, along with a brief history of sea shanties. In their review, Kirkus says: “A reimagining of a classic song that reflects the recent viral popularity of all things sea shanty … perfectly scanned rhymes are complemented by delicious words such as ‘bilious,’ ‘slewing,’ and ‘peevish’ … Arrr! Bring out the piratical story times! This catchy read-aloud demands to be sung at the top of your lungs.” And from School Library Journal: “Fans of cryptozoology and the high seas will love the exuberant illustrations … Alliteration, rhyming, and clever wordplay support language arts lessons … VERDICT A fun musical maritime adventure, perfect for interactive read-aloud sessions.”

cover of a book with a cartoon design of a boat and octopus legs coming up from the water
Artwork by Lynn Becker (Film/Video 88)