Monday, April 30, 2018

Abigail Adams: Pirate of the Caribbean by Steve Sheinkin - OPTIONAL

Sheinkin, Steve Abigail Adams: Pirate of the Caribbean (TimeTwisters, #2), 150 pages.  Illustrated by Neil Swaab.  Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan), 2018. $14. Content: G.  

Abby and Doc have to go back in history to try and convince Abigail Adams that she is an important historical figure, after Abigail decides she doesn’t want to be known for hanging laundry in the white house.  Abigail herself has changed time periods and is a woman pirate, so when Abby and Doc go back to the 1700’s to try and convince Abigail to leave the pirate ship and return to her role as First Lady they are caught up in a pirating lifestyle.  When the conditions on the pirate ship get dire, John Adams shows up to rescue his wife and the kids, but it may be too late.  

As the second book in the Time Twister series, Abby and Doc’s adventures with historical figures continues.  The rules for traveling through time are as simple as jumping into an empty box, barrel or laundry basket and then they just magically appear in whichever time period there is a problem.  The illustrations are sub-par, (my boys passed them up based on the illustrations), and the story is a bit confusing with so many different time periods and not enough foundation for young readers about who Abigail Adams was.  Like in the first book, there is an author’s note at the end that clarifies what really did happen in history and what did not.  

EL (K-3), EL – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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