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Summary: Roderick, Greg, and Ben are pirates. They each have treasure and unknowingly hide it on the same island. But they all forget one thing and when they go back to the island, they decide to take their treasure with them. Will the pirates remember where they hid their treasure? Will they find someone else's treasure? Can they get it back to the ship without losing anything else? This is the first book in this illustrated adventure series for pre-teen readers.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 12; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 6 to 10
Age of Child: Shared with 6-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter loved the story and listened attentively. She was very excited to learn that there were more adventures for Ben, Greg, and Roderick. Our child asked for "the next one" each of four successive nights. She only does that with books that really interest her ... and it is not the norm for longer books.
Adult Reader Reaction: There is a lot to read in these stories, but the material is well presented and complemented by the illustrations. Each book is self-contained, but given the amount of material, it would be nice to have chapter-like breaks for reading with younger kids.
Pros: This is an illustrated picture book series that can be enjoyed together. The mishaps and querky personalities lend some humor to the stories, which DON'T have to be read in any particular order.
Cons: None ... unless you can't read music and aren't sure how to sing a pirate song.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a fun adventure. We like the fact that it is a series, but you don't necessarily have to read the books in order.
Educational Themes: Each of the pirates has a unique personality, so there is plenty to talk about with each character, for younger readers and more sophisticated independent readers. You can also talk about colors and feelings, too.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, fantasy, adventure, pirates