Review: The Pirate Pig by Cornelia Funke

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Pirate Pig
Title: The Pirate Pig
Author: Cornelia Funke
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Date of Publication: June 23, 2015

The beloved and bestselling author of Inkheart brings imagination, adventure, and humor to a swashbuckling full-color chapter book!

Who needs a treasure map when you have a pirate pig with a nose for gold? Stout Sam and his deckhand, Pip, find a pig washed up in a barrel on the beach. They want to keep her as a pet, but they soon realize Julie is no ordinary pig. She can sniff out treasure! What happens if Barracuda Bill, the greediest and meanest pirate who ever sailed the seas, hears about Julie’s special talent?

Cornelia Funke’s charming and fun chapter books are available to an American audience for the very first time.

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Random House Children's Books for the review copy! Receiving one did not affect my views of the novel.

So I admit, I don't have a kid to read this one to so my work colleague and I decided to read it and discuss it. I'll keep this one short as I don't think we're even that qualified to judge picture books.

The art was wonderful and cute. It was colorful but with a bit of a washed-out look into it, which I thought was apt for the story. Like it was colored using a watercolor. The style of the drawings/line art was just simple, which I appreciated because it looks like a toddler would be able to copy/trace it. I don't know about you but when I was a kid, I loved copying drawings even if I was terrible at it.

As for the story, it was simple and cute enough for its audience. Stout Sam and Pip discovered a pig in a barrel who can sniff out treasure. But Sam and Pip were not greedy and they didn't take advantage of Julie the Pig. However, here comes our villain Barracuda Bill who steals Julie! Poor pig! The conflict was resolved, thanks to Pip, and it had its tense moments too. Stout Sam and Pip's plan to save Julie was dangerous and I'm sure little kids will get excited by it.

All in all, The Pirate Pig was an okay picture book. It tells a simple story kids will easily understand and enjoy.

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