by Dave O’Neill
Part of a series of children’s books set in New England
Beverly MA, July, 2008 – “The cods of Cape Cod love their summer vacation/And though could go anywhere in the nation/They keep coming back to their favorite location/’Cause they know Cape Cod’s a vacation sensation.” So begins The Cods of Cape Cod, a new children’s book by Ed Shankman and Dave O’Neill.
Published by Commonwealth Editions – the New England Booksellers’ 2006 New England Publisher of the Year – Cods introduces young readers (ages 2-7) to a Cape Cod that sparkles with color, rhythm and rhyme.
In the book, a family of Codfish returns summer after summer to the same residence where the Cods are visited by their friends – a multitude of sea creatures from every corner of the cape.
“Those sea creatures wake up before the first rooster/To travel from Truro and Yarmouth and Brewster/Some sail from Woods Hole, and some walk from Orleans/Wearing flip-flops and tank tops and old cut-off jeans . . .” Other Cape Cod locations are also mentioned, as are lighthouses, windmills, bogs and miniature golf.
While the setting is Cape Cod, the story is all about fun. In fact, the reason all the creatures visit the Cods is because the Cods are masters at having and creating fun.
“They come to the Cods ‘Cause they want to have fun/And when fun’s what you want, Cods are second to none/They have fun in the sea. They have fun in the sun/They have fun on the sand. They have fun on the run./It could be at nine or a quarter past one –/When your host is a cod-fish, the fun’s never done.”
“We hope people everywhere who love Cape Cod will appreciate this book,” said O’Neill, Cod’s illustrator. And he has reason to be optimistic; a previous work released by Shankman and O’Neill last July, titled I Met a Moose in Maine One Day, is currently the publisher’s number one seller and is already in its fourth printing.
Rounding out the New England-based series is a third book by the duo, titled The Boston Balloonies. The Cods of Cape Cod retails for $14.95 and is available at bookstores throughout Cape Cod, and through such online distribution channels as amazon.com.
Commonwealth Editions has also published such works as the series Journey Around from A to Z, and Boston, a Year in the Life, featuring the photographs of Bill Brett.
Cods closes as follows: “I know what you’re thinking: Yes, summertime ends/And the Cods of Cape Cod must take leave of their friends./But I’ll tell you a secret, between me and you./Summer always comes back . . . And the Cods come back too!”
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