Today I have a review of Review of Pirates, Mess Detectives, and a Superhero. It’s an I Can Read book with the Veggie Tales. It’s Level 1, for beginning reading: simple sentences for eager new readers. I had two eager new readers in my house who wanted to read it! What is really nice about this particular book is that it has 3 books in one. Each book is around 30 pages, making the whole book about 90 pages. It’s hardback and has really colorful, fun illustrations.
Each book begins with a Bible verse which relates to the theme of the story. The first story is Pirate in Training by Karen Poth. Junior Asparagus goes to visit the Pirates who don’t do Anything because he’s tired of working so hard in school. He wants to play games and nap all day. He learns that being a pirate is hard work. He has to learn to do math and read maps. They encourage him to finish school in case he might learn about something else he’d like to be.
The second story is LarryBoy and the Mudslingers by Karen Poth. The theme of this story is forgiveness. Here we see that the Bad Apple is back. She decides to execute her evil plan. At the water park Curly throws mud balloons at people, who think their friends did it. Everyone starts getting mad at each other. Finally, LarryBoy decides to intercede. But when he gets hit with a water balloon, even he gets mad! Alfred discovers that it’s a trap, and they’ll never stop begin mad until they forgive each other. He says, “Your anger will stick to you. . . like MUD!” When they forgive, the mud trap loses it’s grip and everyone is friends again.
The third story is Listen Up, Larry by Karen Poth. In this story we see Detective Larry and his partner Bob. They’re on a new case where Junior gets his report card with all U’s for “unsatisfactory.” Bob and Larry went to Junior’s school so they could see what was going on with Junior. He wasn’t listening in class. They head back separately to Junior’s house. But Larry wasn’t listening to Bob when he gave him the directions. He arrived at Junior’s house really late. Junior had already learned his lesson about listening, though. He never wanted to be lost like Larry!
My kids really enjoyed reading these books to me. They had a few difficult words in them, but I like that because it challenges them. I also liked the messages of the stories: working hard, forgiving others, and listening to others and to God. We’ll definitely get more of these books to read.
(Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan Publishers in order to write this honest review.)