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PIRATE BOY by Eve Bunting


by Eve Bunting & illustrated by Julie Fortenberry

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2321-7
Publisher: Holiday House

While reading a book about pirates, Danny considers sailing away with them. But what if he wants to come home?

As he reads with his mom, little Danny wonders aloud what it would be like to be a pirate. From the comfort of his couch, his questions persist. “What if I don’t like it on the pirate ship? And I want to come back home?” With steadfast love, his mother answers every “What if…?” with confident answers that reassure the young boy. Danny considers many logical barriers to his rescue, including the dangers of the ocean and the possibility that the friendly pirates may want to keep him. His mother’s answers, however, involve the magical element of a bottle filled with "magic spray." She metaphorically shrinks the problems with a few pumps of a handle. These "Alice in Wonderland" solutions seem unjustified given Danny’s reasonable questions. Luckily, the colorful full-spread illustrations simplify the nonsense and provide a mood of happy security throughout the story. Fortenberry’s playful illustrations freely borrow from cartoon conventions; the adorable Danny expresses no doubts about his security through two little dots for eyes. 

A sweet Runaway Bunny book for the pirate set. (Picture book. 4-8)