Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

Pirate, Viking, & Scientist

Chapman, Jared (Author/Illustrator)
Little, Brown 2014. 36 pages
First published: 2014
ISBN: 9780316253895 (hardcover)
9780316257725 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Text and images are equally zany in this hilarious tale about what makes friendships tick—or not. “The illustrations in this book were drawn with ink from Pirate’s pet octopus and an old, ratty brush that Viking found at the bottom of the ocean,” specifies the author/illustrator in his consistently quirky endnote. “For the digital coloring, Scientist created a supercomputer that is already hard at work on a new story.”

“Pirate was friends with Scientist,” the book begins. “Scientist was friends with Viking.” Yet “Viking and Pirate were not friends … not even on Scientist’s birthday.” Caught in the middle, Scientist tries to smooth things over, using his “scientific instinct” to devise formulas. (A glossary at the front introduces basic scientific terms.)

Kids will love the sheer goofiness of this unlikely trio whose cartoonish characters are brought to life with colours loud enough to match their rowdy behaviour. The action unfolds against a graph paper backdrop, recalling Scientist’s studious nature. His quest: to end Viking and Pirate’s disagreements. Only after several failed experiments does Scientist succeed. Shifting his focus to Pirate and Viking’s similarities, he asks: “What’s your favourite way to spend Saturday mornings?” Their unanimous answer, “Pillaging and plundering!” emphasizes that the winning formula for overcoming just about any conflict is to focus on shared interests rather than differences.

  •  Discuss why friends fight with each other. What are some solutions?
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    Read the story up until the scientist receives his gifts. Predict what will happen next. How would you suggest the characters find a solution?

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    Write out all the creative action words (verbs) you can find. Highlight those that you need to clarify and then illustrate them.

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    Write your own story with a conflict. Use the scientific method to find a solution that includes a scientist, a hypothesis, a calculation, an experiment, an observation and a result.

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    Discovering what things have in common is not always easy. Choose two fairly different things (e.g. sky and water, leaves and trees). Using a Venn diagram, outline their similarities and differences. Write a few sentences about what you have learned.

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    Look at the cover page. What do you know about pirates, Vikings and scientists? As a class, make a graphic organizer with the characteristics of each group before you read.

  •  Discuss why friends fight with each other. What are some solutions? Is it more difficult to get along in a group of three people?
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    Read the story up until the scientist receives his gifts. Predict what will happen next. How would you suggest the characters find a solution?

  • To construct his/her identity
  • To solve problems
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Science and Technology