The Foxy Armadillos are facing off with an invading fox on land and displayed at 50% of viewport width.
January 2019 by V. R. Duin


For weeks, the 'dillos life was swell,
but things don't always go so well.
The fox came back to claim his den.
How could the armadillos win?
(The Foxy Armadillos)

This armadillo book for kids generates pirate talk about Little Ray's seafaring books for children. Cannon-ball-sized armadillos are anything but boring landlubbers.

Plank-Walking Good! Nautical types define Landlubber as someone unfamiliar with the sea. Armadillos come fully adapted to take part in and contribute to sea-roving exploits. Set sail for nighttime adventure quests.

Champion of the Sea? Try to figure out who reigns supreme in getting the disabled craft to shore in Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up. Is it the boating family? How about Little Ray? The shark made interesting turns.

Ready to Ramble? Fly a Jolly Roger skull and cross-bone flag. Reach loot. Matchless armadillo clues stretch beyond the pirate-themed Sea of Thieves video game built by Rare Limited, then published by Microsoft Studios.

Jaw-Dropping Nights? Watch 'dillos. Few pirates see these nocturnal creatures. “Yer” time would be wasted on Moby Dick or, The Whale, by Herman Melville. Whales, like dolphins and porpoises, sleep at night.

Country Strong? Armadillos are vertebrates. Bony spinal columns and skeletons give them shape and protect their inside body parts. Dolphins, porpoises and whales are marine mammals with bones. Most fish have bones.

Hat Trick? Cartilaginous fish have no bones. Stingrays, rays and sharks are made of cartilage. Armadillos share some cartilage with these shark family members. It helps hold bones together and facilitates bending and moving.

Prepare to Go Ashore. 'Dillos embrace thorny brush land for travel and escape. Long clothes would get caught up in this rough terrain. Three-banded species roll into cannon-ball-shaped protection for their heads and legs.

Lasting Impression? Armadillos and stingrays' lifespans max out at 15 to 20 years. Sharks may live to 400. Pirates on warships face early death risks. They may get tossed overboard to “feed the fish”. “Dead men tell no tales”.

Beauty Awakens? Armadillos live on land. They boast mammal features of whales and dolphins, including lungs. They bear and nurse live young, called “pups”, like baby rays and sharks. Marine mammals have “calves”.

Prime the Pump? Nine-banded females produce one egg. It splits into four identical babies. Birth can be put on hold. Sharks also can delay delivery until survival opportunities are optimum. “Shiver Me Timbers”!

Reinventing Oneself? Greenland sharks may wait 100 years to start procreating. Imagine the benefits of delaying parenting until stress is low. Timing birthdays earns these “hornswoggling” beasts a place together.

Around the Table? Think of spin-off possibilities for this uncommon life-control method. These remarkable souls could teach buccaneers to rule the briny deep and break curses without need for “pieces of eight” to spend.

All Tied Up? Master gunners should envy the lack of random fire, recoil or explosions in birthing. Sharks work 6 to 24 months to deliver live birth. 'Dillo and stingray gestation averages from 4 to 6 months.

Back to the Drawing Board? Prepare for coming storms. The amaze-ball ability to delay birth facilitates relocations. While resettling, females limit the weight of unborn offspring. “Batten down the hatches”!

Code of Conduct? Sharks need no male for motherhood. Fatherless births also occur among snakes and lizards. No-male policies should should give rise to parley, talks to settle disputes. Schooners need not be manned.

Gilded Age? Pity famous lady pirates. They had to disguise themselves as men. Honor armadillos for fairness in separating the sexes. Each pup in an armadillo litter is of the same sex. Nature balances these living beings.

Finer Things? Armadillos use clawed feet to walk along lake, stream, river or ocean bottoms and to paddle over water. Drop oars. Race them with “yer” arms and feet. Expect them to handsomely outswim and outrun “ye”.

Game On? These water-going maritime legends hold their breath for six minutes. People generally last for just two. “Heave ho, me hearties”! Work to break under-water whale breath-holding records of up to twenty minutes.

Rare Jewels? Pirates use outside sails. Fish inflate or deflate swim bladders to move up or down. Similarly, armadillos employ stomachs and intestines to sink or float. A “bilge rat” would say: “these tricksters are amazing”!

Comfort and Joy? Whales, porpoises, dolphins, seals and walruses have blubber. This thick, protective fat helps marine mammals float, insulates them from cold and provides energy during hard times. 'Dillos store little fat.

Slam Dunk? “Yer skirvey cutlass, musket, blunderbuss or flintlock ain't worth nuffin”. 'Dillos have tough bands of bony skin plates. These safeguard them against stings or bites during hunting, game-play or combat.

Sweat It? Critters need no “booty” for survival. Nature provides food and shelter. Three-banded armadillos tuck themselves into turtle-like cases of armor. Stingrays and sharks also sport tough, armor-like skin.

More Fun Pirate Talk

Make a Splash? Captain Ahab, protagonist of Moby Dick would say: “It be armadillos! Aargh Matey”! The cutest of life forms do not inhabit Davy Jones' Locker, home to squids, octopuses, eels and drowned sailors!

Life's a Picnic? Grog spirits shouldn't be too watered down. Quartermasters control ship food and supplies. Food makes life good for “little armored ones” throughout the Americas. Their name hales from their Spanish roots.

To the Max? “Swab the poop deck”! Hard-working animals hunt daily. Like sharks, these non-picky eaters consume tasty morsels, dead or alive. Omnivores, they eat plants and animals. Some sharks add plants to their diet.

Art of Living? “Ye” won't need “yer” keg. Armadillos drink with long, sticky tongues. Whittling peg legs for Hector Barbossa, ferocious captain in Pirates of the Caribbean films, would be a waste of their few peg-like teeth.

“Kin of a Biscuit Eater”? Like stingrays, these mammals have poor eyesight. Stingrays, sharks and armadillos largely detect prey by scent. When these marauders go after food, items of aesthetic appeal often get destroyed.

Winning Streak? Move your brig over, Captain Hook of Peter Pan! Behold as 3-to-5 powerful 'dillo claws on front and hind feet dig long, deep burrows for sleeping quarters. These don't collapse like sand holes at beaches.

“Fire in the Hole”? Powder monkeys jump ship to escape cannon powder jobs. Distractions don't bother armadillos. Scrambling on pavement, they sound like skateboards. Sharks attack nuisances. Rays flee problems.

Shot from a Cannon? “Yer gonna want” 'dillo shape, form and style. They haul few bony plates around. These natural navigators are born waterproof. They don't rot in wind, sun and rain like high-maintenance wooden vessels.

All the Moves? “Skirvey” compasses and charts can't match 'dillo senses. They need no sailing master to check point of sail, maneuver or adjust direction. Long pointy noses and big trumpet-like ears do their navigating.

“Avast Ye!” Leaks matter to master gunners in charge of safety. “Yo Ho Ho! Cap the bunghole”. Plundering is not just for lads. Lasses crash servers with this website's updates. Haul wind! Confirmation follows in the video below.

“All Hands Hoay”! Pa and Ma 'Dillo share a burrow to care for their pups. They dig in the dirt, eat dead bugs and morph into armored balls. Pups are fully developed at birth, but their armor is soft.

Crazy Is: Pirates of the Sea. Forget Walt Disney theme-park rides. Unhinge from movie routines. Weigh anchor and hoist the Mizzen. Get “yer” sloop sailing. “Yer sea legs” will adjust on the way to warm coastal waters.

“Sail Ho”! Blackbird won't be on an enemy ship. This famed English Pirate won't engage “ye” in combat. Armadillos live well to the south and west of his legendary territory along the Virginia and North Carolina coasts.

Seafaring Books for Children

Shrug It Off? Like rays, 'dillos are shy. They prefer not to be seen. Close in on Little Ray's friends. Sharks on the move also may ignore people. Stealth and a focus on bite-sized morsels are themes for these eating machines.

“Anchors Aweigh”! Make 'dillo escapes as you do cross-platform reads with shipmates. Win against enemy combatants. Armadillos, sharks and stingrays in Little Ray Children's Books can free orderly seas from mutinous curses.

Leaping Catfish! Flying Stingrays do not have a monopoly on air travel. Armadillos can leap about four feet (1.2 meters) into the air. As with stingrays, this reflexive response to scares may serve to evade problems.

Pressing Issue? Armadillos are quick on their feet. Like stingrays, mantas and other rays, they generally choose to flee. Why hide or curl up in a ball? They move faster than most rays. Their speed bursts rival most sharks.

“Land Ho”! Ruling powers reboot an old fox's den as home for The Foxy Armadillos. An armadillo online organization is devoted to The Wonderful World of Armadillos. It gives facts about all twenty recognized species.

Get It? “Ye” need no ammo box to restock. “Ye” need no sword or pistol to brave these books. Watch armadillos in the video below so you'll recognize them sashaying as sought-after surprises on land or in water.

Summer Bugs? The worn out Foxy the Pirate animatronic character has a role in the FNaF game series. Escape his disturbing pizzeria for The Foxy Armadillos. Shake up co-operative living with a touch of character combat.

Center of Gravity? As fast as “thar she blows”, “ye be wanting” Little Ray's nautical world collection for “yer duffle”. “Ye be loving” these beasties more than cackle fruit, which is slang for chicken eggs! Savvy?

Thrill Seeker? Add 'dillo to pirate talk. “Ye” better or “ye be walking the plank”! Clue in with details from The Foxy Armadillos and Pirate Terms and Phrases from Impress “yer”friends in surefire ways.

Tech Leads the Way? Free, open source software, programs and games demonstrate how play can lead to payoffs. After users try the first level for free, they can upgrade as needed to develop armadillo strengths.

Finest Hour? The text in the following reading video (47 seconds) does not form part of The Foxy Armadillos story, but all of the animations were developed from illustrations in the book:

Turn Up the Volume? “Ideas come while playing, when our minds are straying, while in a friendly group, or away from our troop. Great ideas start out as fun, then get used by everyone.”