the kids' favourite characters were tartessa, remora, & the skull. i couldn't think of how to do any skull-in-a-bag-themed art projects, but four days work garnered us three papier-mache sea witches who are now the envy of all the other classes. they're mounted on the wall now, chasing some origami pirate ships.
the link to the book, i don't mind saying again (it is just that awesome), is here.
after you read it with the child of your choice, download the free walker bean pirate kit/activity book.