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When Grubbybeard, the scourge of the seven seas, and Big Smelly Zeke, the meanest desperado in the old west, both lay claim to a town rich with treasure, the result is an epic tale of bad versus evil. Add to the mix an incompetent first-mate named Slackjaw and a bad-tempered horse named Night-Soil and there’s no telling what will happen!

Grubbybeard vs Big Smelly Zeke details the colossal confrontation between a malevolent pirate and a cantankerous cowboy (both of whom smell pretty darn bad) as they each lay claim to a town full of treasure. This ferocious fable features a wild cast of crazy characters and plenty of smelly humor!

Cover art by Niki McFadden, music by Christian McFadden

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For Parents and Teachers

To determine if Grubbybeard vs Big Smelly Zeke is right for your child, consider the following content.
(Caution: Spoiler Alert!)

  • the two title characters are mean and nasty villians that insult and intimidate other characters
  • a pirate brandishes a sword in a threatening manner;
  • a pistol is fired into the air
  • a story is told of sailors being forced to walk the plank and of a pirate being bitten by a shark
  • this story contains lots of smelly humour including references to 'poop' and flatulance

Topics to discuss with children:

  • Most adventure stories have a hero and a villian. How does Grubbybeard vs Big Smelly Zeke differ from that style of story?
  • How did you expect that Grubbybeard and Big Smelly Zeke would resolve their differences?
  • Do you think this story has a happy ending? Did the ending surprise you?