Captain Grisswold With His Crew and Friends

Who's Who on the Crew

Children - Animals
44 Pages
Reviewed on 06/21/2015
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Author Biography

I was born on or near the Banks of the frozen River Trent one cold January morning in 1962.
I have three Children all grown up now (or so they tell me) and one son from my first marriage who sadly we lost in tragic road accident in 2001.
I have been a lorry driver for 27yrs until i was diagnosed with degenerative osteoarthritis in my spine, hips,knees and left shoulder at the end of 2009, this meant we had to sell our beloved narrow boat, our home where we lived from getting engaged in 2004, and become landlubbers again, some very happy memories and the invention of Captain Grisswold with his crew and friends.
We now have a small house outside of Newark, it will never be the same as our boat but it's home. My writing occupies my time as i can't get about much, but that's enough to keep me busy.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Captain Grisswold With His Crew and Friends: Who's Who on the Crew is a children's animal book written by Chris Lakin and illustrated by I Tina Lakin. The captain lives on a riverboat named Christina, and he is accompanied by some very special people who make his travels run smoothly. With verses and pictures, Lakin introduces a functioning riverboat to children and their adult caregivers. He describes what the captain and his crew do, and illustrates what the different working parts of a boat look like and how they function. While he's introducing the crew, Lakin also offers a few mathematical challenges to young readers. One of the things Captain Grisswold does with Christina is help his farmer friend bring his produce to market. Readers can follow the captain's travels and explore where he lives by using the river map which the authors include at the back of the book.

Chris Lakin's children's animal book entertains and educates children and those adults lucky enough to get to read this book aloud. I loved learning about riverboats and how they operate. I Tina Lakin's illustrations are clever and brightly colored, and they work perfectly with the text. The author's choice of words and rhymes give the story sizzle and life, and I could envision kids having a lot of fun chanting along with some of the characters. The highlight for me, however, was that map at the end of the book. It really brought the story and the riverboat experience to a whole new level of familiarity for me. I enjoyed reading Captain Grisswold With His Crew and Friends and recommend it most highly.

Brenda Woodford

My husband read Captain Grisswold to our granddaughter. She loved the story, said she had learnt a lot and would give it five stars.

Gaston Sanders

A great little children's book with some enjoyable and lovable characters. Mr. Larkin has done an excellent job of creating his world onboard the riverboat and I particularly liked the added math puzzles. The pictures were very well done and I thought the verses fun for the kids
Excellent children's book.
Gaston D Sanders, author