This rhyming picture book is filled with colourful illustrations, most of which were drawn by primary school children. It tells the tale of two small boys who set off in search of adventure. They hitch a ride on a turtle and sail for the Port Of Tumbattle (where pirates once fought, and sabres once rattled). On their way they encounter pirates and various strange creatures as they search for lost treasure.
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Ole And Zac And The Port of Tumbattle is a rhyming picture book, and the illustrations (around 150 of them), were created mainly by primary school children.
The book tells the story of two young boys searching for treasure. Zac is impulsive and rather comical, whilst Ole is more sensible and quite clever. A downpour changes the landscape, and they hitch a ride on a turtle, who carries a mouse as his crew. They pick up two other boys and sail on to the Port Of Tumbattle (where pirates once fought, and sabres once rattled).
Once in Tumbattle they take possession of a key from Billy the Bear, learn about Gogarty's gold, and meet Bluebeard Bruce who joins them on their quest.
They head for Barracuda Fold, but on their way they have to evade the pirate, Despicable Dan, as well as solving a riddle set to them by a Rumplefox, who also joins their quest. They find a deserted house that belonged to Gogarty, then they stumble across a secret passage that leads to a secret room where the treasure is found.
They exit from the house into the legendary boneyard of Barracuda Fold, where Despicable Dan once again confronts them. They are then chased by more pirates and eventually escape with the help of Gabi the Dolphin, an old friend of the Rumplefox.
Their journey back home is relatively uneventful, until Zac opens the treasure chest to find that the doubloons inside are made of chocolate, much to his delight.
The project was created to raise funds for the Taxal & Fernilee Primary School PFA charity, and for every copy of the book that is sold a donation will be made to this charity.
Have you heard of Dr Seuss,
Who took some words and cut them loose,
By rhyming them with this and that,
In tales of a Grinch, and a cat in a hat?
Well here's a tale he did not tell,
About two boys you know quite well.
A story that fits right in line,
With riddles and fiddles and all in rhyme.
It tells of adventures, of there and back.
Of heroes and villains, of Ole and Zac.
Of dangers, of treasure, and magical spells,
And it starts at the sound of dingle bells.
For an hour or more they marched along,
Singing aloud their treasure song.
"Come along Ole, come along Zac,
"We're going to bring some treasure back."
Then all at once the sky turned grey.
The sun said "Bye, no more today."
There was a flash, a bang, like a roaring train,
Then drip, drip, dripped some drops of rain.
It rained and it rained and it rained and it rained.
It rained all day, then it rained again.
It rained one, two, then it rained three, four.
It rained five, six, then it rained some more.
It rained six, five, five, six and then
It rained on past the count of ten.
It rained past fifteen, thirty, phew!
And it didn't even stop at forty two.
It rained 'til at least one hundred and twenty,
And the sign in the cloud changed from 'Full' to 'Empty'.
They looked around, surveyed the scene,
Looked at where things should have been.
The grass was gone, the pathways too.
Instead of bushes, seaweed grew.
"We're in a fix, it isn't good,"
Said Ole, "We are in a flood."
"We must go on" said brave young Zac.
"We'll have to swim, we can't turn back."
And then they had a stroke of luck,
Ole pointed. Shouted "Look!"