Friday, September 10, 2010

Book Review: Pirate Treasure

Author: Benjamin Flinders
Publisher: Flinders Press
Released: 2010
Source: Author
Ages: 8-10
Rating: 5 Stars

A cursed treasure chest transports Ethan and Dallin from their modern lives onto a ship in the New World. Not just any ship, a merchant vessel transformed into a renegade pirate ship that same morning.

Mistaken as thieves, the brothers must use their wits and humor to navigate the dark secrets of the brig, survive walking the plank, learn how to talk, fight and hurl insults like a pirate (along with the rest of the clueless crew), and solve the mystery that turned Captain Black Bart into a wannabe pirate.

But even if they can save the pirates from themselves, can they unravel the curse that brought them here, and then figure out how to get back home?

The first in a series of comical adventures scattered across history. From the New World to the Great Wall of China, the Traveling Trunk Adventures are sure to capture the imagination, free the spirit of adventure, and tickle the funny bone of every reader, young and old alike.

Being huge fans of The Magic Tree house series, I am sure The Traveling Trunk Adventures will be a hit with my children.

Ethan and Dallin receive a new treasure chest from their father. They climb in the chest to hide from their sister and are magically transported to a pirate ship. A fun filled adventure follows where the boys learn the ways of a pirate. They soon realize if they ever hope to be able to return home there is a mystery they must solve.

This is a book that you must hold in your hands. I love the cover. It is raised and shiny and just begs to be read. Occasional full page black and white illustrations make this a book perfect for beginning middle grade readers.

I highly recommend this book to anyone with a young boy who has recently transitioned to chapter books. Full of humor, adventure and fun, Pirate Treasure will hold the interest of reluctant readers. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

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