Book Review: The Bossy Pirate

The Bossy Pirate
Written and Illustrated by John Steven Gurney
Schiffer Publishing : Book Page
Published 28 Oct 2018
ARC provided by NetGalley

Synopsis (Schiffer Publishing):

It’s mutiny on the high seas in this light-hearted lesson in playing well with others. When Salty Jack pretends his bedroom is a pirate ship, his friends help him tie ropes to serve as rigging and sheets to serve as sails. Crew mates Scallywag Sanjay and Barnacle Bob hoist the sails, and soon the friends are cruising past flying fish and secret caves. But their daring adventure goes to the dogs when Captain Salty Jack barks out too many orders and Millie the Mermaid abandons ship, setting an example for the rest of the crew. When Jack discovers it’s not as much fun playing alone, he must figure out a way to get his friends back. Children will discover, along with Captain Jack, that an adventure can be even more thrilling when everyone is allowed to share their creative ideas, and even steer the ship.

My Review:

This is a fantastic early reader that teaches not to be a bossy boiler when playing with friends. Jack wants to play pirates, and at first, his friends do too, but soon Jack takes being Captain too far. No one wants to play when they can’t do what they want as well, and it’s no fun playing by yourself. The only person that Jack wasn’t able to boss around was his older sister (I assume), Millie.

The illustrations are colorful, detailed, and remind me of books that I read when I was little. Younger kids will love the adventure in the story and preschool to first grade kids will love and, more importantly understand, the message found in the book – if you want to have fun with friends, take turns and don’t be bossy.

This book is a great way to start any day.

Thank you NetGalley and Schiffer Publishing for the opportunity to read an advance reader copy.

Overall rating: ♥♥♥♥♥


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