Stanford Crow
About the author
Nancy S. Hemmingson
About the illustrator
Recommended age group : 4 to 7
Stanford Crow
Stanford Crow is not a hero, but he would be if he was given half a chance by the hero establishment. He spends a lot of time in Brooklyn, NY. He is also the author of Lazy Hero Cat of Egypt and Pet Shop Heroes.
Nancy S. Hemmingson
Nancy S. Hemmingson is a teacher and artist in Mt. Pleasant, MI. She also illustrated Lazy Hero Cat of Egypt.
"Kids will really enjoy this fun series."
Bubastis the cat is too lazy to get out of trouble, even when he drifts out to sea and is captured by pirates! Even when they force him to walk the plank in shark-infested waters! Is he really too lazy to save himself, or will his laziness make him a hero again? Find out in this funny adventure.
  • ISBN pbk 978-1-940021-04-1
  • ePub 978-1-940021-08-9
  • kf8 978-1-940021-15-7
  • ePib 978-1-940021-14-0
  • Pbk: $7.50
  • eBook: $1.99
  1. 1.
    Stanford Crow, author of Lazy Hero Cat, says that Bub is not really a hero, because he doesn't do anything heroic on purpose. The pirates do think he's a hero. What do you think?
  2. 2.
    The little blue scarab beetle, Bickaclickamicka, is in every picture, but sometimes she's hard to find. Can you find her?
  3. 3.
    The beginning of the story says that Bub is too lazy to go to sleep at night—is that possible?
  4. 4.
    Can you think of anything that it is impossible to be too lazy to do?
  5. 5.
    There is a black bird in many of the pictures. Who do you think the bird is?
  6. 6.
    Do you think the rats are Bub's friends? Why?
  • Can you speak pirate? The captain speaks strangely—but it is very close to English. If you look very closely at his words (and the translation that follows), can you break the code of how he speaks? For example, the first thing he says is "Carrrtch terrr shirrrps rarrrgh!" which means "Catch the ships rats!" "Catch" became "Carrrtch," but "the" became "terrr." Can you figure out the pattern?
  • At the start of the book, Bub is in Egypt. Can you find Egypt on a map? What sea do you think Bub is floating in when the pirates pick him up?
  • Art project: It would be fun to have a pirate hat. This website has easy instructions:
    Don't forget to color it!
"Kids will really enjoy this fun series."
Why We Love This Book
Bubastis the Lazy Hero Cat is back, and he’s still not your typical hero. The things we loved in Lazy Hero Cat of Egypt are still here: Bub naps his way through the whole adventure, never bothering anyone, never getting upset. He doesn’t notice his enemies. He always stays true to himself. The story is another tall tale, and still funny. And this story gave us some new things to play with. The kids we read it with pretended to nap like Bubastis and worked out how to talk like the pirates. They studied the details of the drawings to find Bub’s dung beetle friend, Bickaclickamicka. We also love how, from the first adventure to this one, Bubastis seems to get along with almost everyone, and is accidentally (?) building a family or community (or army?)—a dung beetle from Egypt, rats from the ship. What’s next?
“To like many people [or animals] spontaneously and without effort is perhaps the greatest of all sources of personal happiness."—Bertrand Russell

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