“Pirates on the Farm”
“Pirates on the Farm” is written by Denette Fretz, illustrated by Gene Barretta, and published by Zonderkidz. It was published on August 24, 2013, and is intended for children ages 4-8. It is in “The Next Door Series”.
This is a very cute story about a proper southern family of farmers. They have new next door neighbors, a shipful of swaggering pirates who traded life on the high seas for farming, even though they have no expertise in the lifestyle. The story is told from a first-person viewpoint of the oldest child, a daughter, in the southern family. She has a little brother named Joey who is very enthusiastic about the new neighbors. The daughter herself does not quite know what to think of them; we read as she tells about her mother, father, and younger brother’s reactions to the new farmers, as well as the effect on the town. Most of the people view the pirates negatively at first, but it all wraps up in a neat and tidy, if not easy to miss, package on loving thy neighbor. I say “easy to miss” because the story’s main resolution is in the pictures, and not actual words.
Personally, I found the dialogue and pirates charming, however, I have read several books on pirates. For four to eight year olds, they would not understand many of the words, terms, or irony, of the story. At the back of the book, there is a glossary of pirate lingo, simplified into….worse pirate lingo. This is not a good book for children because of the lack of comprehension they will most likely have. However, if you’re an adult, you’ll find this book amusing, if you really want to resort to buying a children’s book to amuse yourself.
Thank you to BookSneeze, as well as Zonderkidz, for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review.