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Author: Julia Jarman

Illustrator: Lynne Chapman

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Publisher: Carolrhoda Books, a Division of Lerner Publishing Group,

Material: paperback

Summary: Today is the Class Three field trip. They are busy exploring the boat, watching dolphins, and helping detangle the Octopus on board. They're so busy, in fact, they didn't see the pirate ship or hear the pirates until it was too late. With the pirates taking over, what will happen to Class Three? This engaging story gets ikds reading, doing math, and hunting for buried treasure!

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 5 to 8

Reading Level: 1.1

Age of Child: Started reading with a 6½-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: The verbal and visual potty humor immediately caught our daughter's eye: Pirate Booger Nose picking his nose or dripping snot, and sea gulls "plopping" into the sea. She was very interested in reading the book again, and continued to focus on those elements and, eventually, the helpful Octopus.

Adult Reader Reaction: Kids this age like potty humor, and we all love silly stories. The illustrations are fun and offer exploring, and the text has great potential for first-grade readers, because of the repetition of sight words and the use of rhyme. If you want reading practice, though, you have to get past the distractions.

Pros: Kids of all ages (even those who don't know what a field trip is) will find something they like in this picture book: pirates, treasure, funny pictures, gross stuff, and an octopus hero.

Cons: It would be nice to actually play up the Octopus-to-the-rescue piece of the story. I'm not sure why we need a teacher-falls-for-pirate subplot in a kids book.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow or skip. There are lots of fun, silly stories out there that kids can enjoy.

If You Liked This Book, Try: PUNK FARM   N IS FOR NOSTRIL ... AND OTHER ALPHABET SILLINESS   PIRATE GOLD (The Three Pirates, #1) (Three Pirates Series)

Educational Themes: This is a picture book meant to get a rise out of kids. You can try to pull out the story about helping "people" in need and returning a kindness, but you're more likely to have a lively discussion about all the things your kids see in the illustrations.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 1.1

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, adventure, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2008

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