Write a Review Wednesday: The Pirate and the Penguin

Welcome to another Write a Review Wednesday, a meme started by Tara Lazar as a way to show support to authors of kids literature. Last week we reviewed Tundra’s Books’ new release Nana’s Getting Married. This week we’re into pirates with OwlKids The Pirate and the Penguin (age 4-8 ) written and illustrated by Patricia Storms. Thanks goes to Crystal at Raincoast Books for my review copy.

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Penguin lives in the South Pole and he’s bored. It’s cold and there’s nothing to do. His itchy feet send him on a journey to find something better. Meanwhile, in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, Pirate hates the hot sun and has no interest in sailing around looking for treasure. So while Penguin rides an ice float to escape the South Pole and Pirate and his crew sail aimlessly about the waters, the two end up colliding. Using a pirate hat and penguins sweater, the two unlikely allies devise a plan that will hopefully fulfill each other’s dreams.

The Pirate and the Penguin is such a cute story. I love how Patricia takes the two stories and meshes them together, in both her writing and her illustrations. The map showing the intertwining routes the Penguin and Pirate take before they meet is wonderful. The tale itself is silly but I think that’s one reason my kids love it that much more. My son of course loves anything with Pirates. My kids loved the little elements to the illustrations Patricia added, like the different pirate maps; map to the bathroom was my son’s favourite.

The Pirate and the Penguin is a fun story about breaking out of what’s expected. In a fun way it helps illustrate that you don’t have to always do what everyone else is doing or what is expected of you. There may not be a lot of female designers but if my daughter wanted to be one she could. This story is great to having those kinds of conversations.

My daughter and I were very fortunate to have met Patricia Storm at last year’s Word on the Street festival. She did a great skit of this very story. It’s easy to see why we like The Pirate and the Penguin so much since it’s creator is so friendly and fun. Her personality comes through in her book and that’s fantastic.

If you want to add The Pirate and the Penguin to your own personal library, you can by visiting your local bookstore or OwlKids.com. For some other great books for kids, take a look at the past Write a Review Wednesday posts.

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