cover image The Erie Canal Pirates

The Erie Canal Pirates

Eric A. Kimmel. Holiday House, $16.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-8234-1657-8

Pirates move from the high seas to a manmade channel in The Erie Canal Pirates, from the team behind Grizz!, author Eric A. Kimmel and illustrator Andrew Glass. Inspired by the folk song ""The Erie Canal,"" the tale follows Captain Flynn and his crew as they are besieged by bad guys: ""It was Bill McGrew and his pirate crew,/ The Terror of Buffalo,/ The Terror of Buffalo."" Glass's unique blend of hyperbole and folk art strikes just the right note.