Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Pirate Pig by Cornelia Funke -- ADVISABLE

Funke, Cornelia The Pirate Pig, illustrated by Kerstin Meyer. Random House, 2015. $9.99. Content: G.

Stout Sam and his deckhand Pip have a nice life providing transport for the residents of their tropical island. When a pig washes ashore in a barrel, the two are happy to adopt her as a pet. But it turns out Julie has a talent for sniffing out gold. It's only a matter of time before Barracuda Bill, a mean and greedy pirate, catches wind of this and tries to steal Julie for himself.

This is a cute story with colorful illustrations, lively characters, and enough suspense to keep kids reading without scaring them too much. The ending is especially fun, and the hardcover binding feels nice and sturdy. While the font is fairly small and some of the words are a bit complex for newer readers, it would make a good read-aloud.

EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

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