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Summary: It was a fine day for sailing ... or so Ben, Greg and Roderick (our pirates) thought. Before long, the white clouds turned gray, and the sea tossed their ships in the storm. After the storm, the pirates found themselves shipwrecked, with several dilemmas: Greg and Roderick's boats have sunk; Greg lost his jewels; and Ben's boat is too high on the sand to return to the sea. Can they live on the island together? Can they escape? This is the second title in this fantasy adventure for pre-teen readers.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, middle grade reader, remedial reader
Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 10; read yourself 9 to 12
Interest Level: 6 to 10
Age of Child: Shared with 6-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter listened attentively to the story, commenting about Roderick's behavior (bullying) several times.
Adult Reader Reaction: In the first half of the book, the vocabulary makes it easy to add drama and make this fun reading. When compared with the others, though, it was the driest story. It wasn't as much about Roderick being mean and lazy as it was about the tedium of the dialogue in the second half of the book.
Pros: This illustrated adventure gives readers and listeners alike a chance to bring out their inner pirate.
Cons: The exchanges between and among the pirates in the second half got very repetitious. The author has made it easy to gauge each pirate's personality, but Greg's "verbal nervousness" goes over the top.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Each of the books in the Three Pirates series is a monograph, so if you want a story with stronger plot, then skip this and read the others.
Educational Themes: The story offers the opportunity to talk about fear, greed, bullying, empathy, problem solving, and following your dreams. Given the target audience ages, there are several places to stop and ask "what would you do?"
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, adventure, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: October 2007
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