Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a starred review) 4
Genre: early chapter book
What did you like about the book? Like others in the series, this story of puppy pirates and their human companion Henry is sweet and silly, and ends with impulsive Captain Red Beard learning a good lesson. In this tale, some practical jokes go too far and all of a sudden the crew is ready for a monster hunt. But thanks to quiet pirate Einstein, who tends to think before he acts, the crew finally realizes that what they believe to be a monster is really a mother sea slug trying to protect her baby. The message that “thinking creatively and speaking up take real bravery” is a good one, and readers will enjoy the non-stop action and fun illustrations throughout.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The subplot about competing with the Kitten Pirates and their human companion Ruby seems unnecessary, but early chapter book readers may appreciate the “boys vs. girls” aspect of it.
To whom would you recommend this book? Read Alikes? Recommend to children just beginning to read chapter books, along with other adventure series such as The Kingdom of Wrenly by Jordan Quinn.
Who should buy this book? Elementary schools and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Early chapter books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Renée Wheeler, Leominster Public Library, Leominster, MA
Date of review: December 16, 2016