Big dreams and an even bigger ship turn a sweet intellectual chicken into the dread pirate Redfoot.
On the farm, Lily is the hen that looks to the stars and wants more than a mere barnyard can provide. So when a rowdy band of buccaneers shows up to steal the poultry, she gleefully jumps onboard. With little effort the chickens commandeer the ship one night while the pirates are all ashore, and Lily takes on the name of Redfoot and the demeanor of a tyrant. Now mutiny is in the air, and if Lily’s going to remain more than shark bait, she’ll need to remember what’s important in life and why she should value her crew. The book is chipper from fore to aft—the gleeful amorality of chickens aiming to plunder and steal is amusing and in keeping with the tone of the book. However, the cartoonish art with bright, peppy images means that, even at their most ferocious, the chickens never really look more than mildly peeved. Though there is little about this chicken/pirate hybrid to distinguish it from others in the overstuffed piratical picture-book flock, it remains an engaging enough romp.
This band of merry swashclucklers shows that a sense of curiosity and willingness to learn can give you the tools you need to conquer any situation. Even mutiny. (Picture book. 4-7)