“Why can’t I be one of Blackbeard’s Boys if you were, and Grandpa was? I don’t understand,” Bobby complains to his father in Wylde Scott’s story, Seaside.
~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-eighty-four-page hardbound targets children four-to-twelve-years-old who enjoy adventures about the sea. With no profanity, it does contain some scary scenes of physical and verbal abuse.
In this book that could be read in short intervals, ten-year-old Bobby wants desparately to become part of the Blackbeard’s Boys in the small fishing village of Seaside, and he will do anything to be accepted. Challenged to swim to Dead Bone Island in order to join the gang, he is saved by a kind young octopus who is heartbroken his mother has been captured and taken aboard a ship owned by the mean Captain Bonicelli. When Bobby befriends the octupus and a friendly pelican, they work together not only to save the sea creature’s mother, but also they help others in the process.
~ Why ~
This is a fun book that will keep young readers engaged with its talking animals who want to protect others as well as a bully that taunts his classmates. With a rogue character seeking vengence, it has heroes that save the day.
~ Why Not ~
Including about a dozen inserted black and white drawings, some may frighten young ones while others may find them hard to decipher. There are many punctuation errors that may teach beginner readers incorrect writing habits.
~ Who ~
Scott has written several children’s books as he entertains children and families with his storytelling. Illustrator Shuping has been drawing as early as she can remember; she lives in North Carolina with her three cats.
~ Wish ~
It would be helpful if the author used a professional editor to correct the often obvious errors. Lightening up the dark illustrations would make them easier to understand.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for an entertaining book to read to your children at bedtime or quiet time, this one will draw the listener in to what happens next to Bobby and his ocupus friend.
Thanks to the author for offering this book to read and review for my honest opinion.
Rated 3.5 of 5 stars – would be higher if errors were corrected.
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