December 27, 2016

The Pirate Pig by Cornelia Funke

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 4:44 pm by suebe2

the-priate-pigThe Pirate Pig
by Cornelia Funke
Random House

Stout Sam and his deckhand Pip ferry goods from island to island.  One day they find a barrel on the beach.  Inside they discover a pink piglet.  Julie may be afraid of water but the pig loves to sail with them.  At first they aren’t sure what is up when she starts squealing wildly but when they throw their nets overboard they haul in so much treasure that part of their regular cargo has to go.

Every time Julie squeals at sea, they find treasure.  They find so much that they throw back everything but the coins that they can spend.

But other people on the island notice their wealth and start to talk.  Just as Sam and Pip realize that what they have on their hands is a pirate pig, trained to find lost treasure, word about Julie reaches Barracuda Bill.

What will Pip and Sam do when the pirates steal their precious pig?  Worries about a spoiler alert?  Don’t be.  You know me, I’m not going to give the ending away.  You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens.

The leap from being read-to to becoming an independent reader is a tough one.  I know my son was reluctant to take the plunge.  Some kids don’t want to give up that together time even if you assure them that you will still read to them.  Others, I’m convinced, want the light-hearted, fun fare they find in picture books.  They can sometimes find it in early readers but that sort of thing can seem harder to find in chapter books.

The Pirate Pig fills that need for readers 7 to 10.  Part of what makes the book so fun is the frequent illustrations.  It isn’t as copiously illustrated as a picture book but there is an illustration on every spread (two open pages).

Share this book with your young reader.  Take turns reading, let him read it to himself, or let her read it to you.  Spend some time sharing your love of reading today.

–SueBE

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