Children's Lit Book Reviews

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Stories of Pirates
By: Russell Punter
Publisher: Usborne Books
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 50
Reading Level: 1-6
Genre: Picture Book/Fairy tale with three different pirate tales
Award: N/A

Summary: (chapter 1: The Pesky Parrot) Charlie Crossbone, who was about to witness his first day as a pirate after spending more then ten years at Pirate school, was ready for his life as a newly made pirate. He was taught the tools of the trade and even had the pirate laugh down to a "T." Luckily, he was able to inherit a pirate ship. The only thing that Charlie was missing was a parrot because everyone knows every pirate needs a parrot. He went to a used pirate parrot sale and noticed that they were much more expensive then he thought they were going to be. Fortunately, he found a parrot that was super cheap and took no time in purchasing it so he could start his treasure seeking. What Charlie didn't know was that this parrot would be nothing but trouble. As Charlie went out to steal loot from other ships and rob pubs he found out that his parrot keeps yelling, " Stop! Thief!" alerting all that surrounded him. Charlie finally decided to cage up the parrot and send him away. To his amazement, the parrot returned and once again the parrot always attracted attention while Charlie was trying to steal. In Charlie's last attempt to rob a pub, he finally got caught, the landlord decided that the parrot would make a wonderful burglar alarm and paid Charlie for the parrot.
Who would benefit from reading this book?: This book is great for those who are beginner readers. It's a very easy read and teaches good principles.
What problems/conflicts would this book potentially cause?: I don't think that there are any problems with this book. This book was written to accommodate beginner readers.
My reaction: I think this book is great for parents to read to small children. I do think that once the children get past the age of five this book might become a little boring for them. The illustrations are simple and there's nothing really complex about the book.
posted by Jon Dale at 9:29 PM


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