Oh, goody! We discovered another book by Robert McCloskey: Burt Dow Deep-Water Man: A Tale of the Sea in the Classic Tradition (c. 1963). I hardly thought it could be possible!
Burt Dow Deep-Water Man reveals a master story-teller at work. First, McCloskey uses onomatopoeia (words that mean what they sound like) to relate this tall tale. Listen to these lines to hear the onomatopoeia:
- When Burt Dow puts out to sea in the Tidely-Idley, everybody in town knows it. They hear him pump out all the water that has leaked in overnight, slish-cashlosh, slish-cashlosh! . . . Then they hear him start the make-and-break engine, clackety bang! clackety bang! . . .
- . . . The giggling gull was teetering to and fro on the tip of the tiller and tittering "Tee-he-he-hee!" now and then, in a nervous sort of way.
So how did Burt Dow get from here:
By-the-way, here's another title that the fellas would enjoy.