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Review Date: February 25th, 2019
Written by: Brian Yanish
Illustrated by: Jess Pauwels
This is the story of a not-so-ordinary chicken. It’s actually the story of an extraordinary chicken…
A Pirate Chicken.
Join the feared and feathered pirate Redfoot and her all-chicken crew as they sail the high seas. Just don’t let them make you squawk the plank!
So first of all, the premise for this book is hilarious. Both Madeline and I thought the idea of a pirate chicken was really funny. I especially like the word play of the subtitle. She didn’t get it, but I did, and appreciated it. This book is a lot of fun! I love the illustration style. It reminds of good kids cartoons from back in my day (she says like some really old lady). There’s a childlike quality to the drawing which is something I think children enjoy, but still looks professionally done, which as a parent I appreciate. The colors are bright and the compositions engaging. And I found that Madeline was really involved in this one. She even pointed out things on certain pages that she liked or that grabbed her attention. She was very into it.
There was much giggling all around with this one, as well as a real sense of pirate adventure… but with chickens. The overall character arc of Lily aka Redfoot the Pirate is a really fun one for a kids book as I feel like I don’t see it often. Essentially it’s a tale of a hero sort of going to the dark side and then realizing the error of her ways. I suppose the lesson is that you can chase your dreams, but be careful of who you step on and who you become on the way toward them.
- Tear & Fold Resistance: 7/10
- Font Readability: 10/10
- Kid Engagement: 10/10
- Mommy Engagement: 10/10