Today, the old sailor from Claire Saxby and Cassandra Allen’s lively new picture book, There Was An Old Sailor is visiting Kid’s Book Capers.
This man will eat just about anything – and he’s here to tell us how and why:
Old Sailor, in this book you swallowed a krill. Eww! What made you do that?
It leapt into my hand. What are the chances? It caught in my fingers. What else could I do? I ate it.
Sounds a bit fishy to me. Did swallowing the krill make you ill?
Not exactly, just left me with an unfinished feeling, that sort of ‘mmm that was tasty, but what else is there’ sort of feeling?
I know what you mean. I’m like that with chocolate.
Where/how did you first meet author Claire Saxby?
On a pier, planning my next voyage. She was planning her next book. There was an immediate connection.
Why did Claire decide to tell your story?
I guess girls are attracted to a man of mystery like me. Off the record, I think she might be clairvoyant. She seemed to always know what would happen next.
Do you really look like your picture in Claire and Cassandra’s book or has Cassandra deliberately made you younger and handsomer to disguise your identity?
Oh, no. I really am that gorgeous. Don’t you love my forearms? Strong as a whale I am. Cassandra captured my eyes exactly. I look just like this. Don’t you want to hug me?
Umm…moving right along…what does it feel like to swallow a shark?
Rough-skinned critters, but worth it in the end. Cleaned off a few barnacles as it went down.
Gulp! Would you recommend swallowing sharks to others?
Don’t often get the chance to talk to anyone else – except the birds. Had a pet penguin once, but he didn’t talk much. Sorry, I digress. Would I recommend eating a shark? Heck yes!
How does it feel to have a book made about you?
Great! Posing for the pictures for Cassandra Allen wore me out, though. The jelly kept wriggling. The seal wanted a kiss. And the shark? Well, we’ve talked enough about the shark. I look for the book in every port. Briny barnacles, I’m proud of my story.
So you should be. It’s a great story. You’ve really got me hooked. Thanks for visiting us today old sailor. Bon Voyage.
To find out all about the other weird and wonderful things the old sailor swallowed you’ll have to read his book, There Was An Old Sailor
Please note that no creatures were harmed in conducting this interview.