Captain LaPlank: The Perfect Pirate

Captain LaPlank: The Perfect Pirate

by Flibber T. Gibbet

Published September 12th 2018 by CreateSpace

5 Stars

This was a cute story about a Pirate who is a perfectionist. He can not put up with any mistakes and ends up with a major problem due to this flaw in his personality. A great message not only for those listening to the story, but the adult who is reading it.

Captain LaPlank is a wonderfully written rhyming story with a great cadence and flow. My grandchildren enjoyed hearing this story and when we were finished, cries of “Again, again” reang out. The illustrations were great. They were large, vibrant and humourous. I would try to turn the page and have to go back as they wanted to look longer. It might have been a bit longer than other children’s books, but my grandchildren did not seem to mind. They did not get the message as they are only 2 and 5, but with older children, they will understand it better. The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, ideas and opinions stated are my own.


41423223A Plan for Pops

by Heather SmithBrooke Kerrigan (Illustrations)

Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Orca Book Publishers

5 Stars

This is such a caring, sweet book about the relationship between Lou and his two grandfathers. Every Saturday, they have breakfast, go to the library, and spend the afternoon together. Pops and Grandad are very different, and I love the way the author shows Lou interacting with these two very different grandpas. One Saturday, Pops has a fall and is confined to a wheelchair. He is depressed and does not want to do anything. Lou comes up a plan to get him back into their regular routine. I loved Lou’s imagination as well as his relationship with his grandparents. Lou tries different things to cheer up Pops and finally with the help of Grandad, they succeed. This persistence is wonderful to see and shows how important this relationship is. Grandad and Pops were a same-sex couple which was portrayed simply as Lou’s grandfathers and there was no other mention about it. I like that this was just a normal relationship. The illustrations were cute, yet the colours were a bit pastel. I would recommend this book to any child looking for a nice story about family spending time together, especially with their grandparents. The publisher, Orca Books, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, opinions and ideas are my own.


39391307Change the World Before Bedtime

by Josh ChalmersMark Kimball MoultonKaren Hillard Good

Published August 28th 2018 by Schiffer Publishing

2 Stars

I am going to go against the majority of reviewers for this one, but I found this book too busy, confusing and full of slogans, labels etc. that took away from the message. The message of everyone, no matter how big or who you are can do something to make the world a better place is good, but this was not a good vehicle for that message. My grandchildren liked the illustrations, but they did not understand what the message was. Older children might understand this message better, but the presentation might be distracting. This is only my impression, others might not find this a problem. Some of the things suggested such as taking a treat to someone sick, donating items to sell to raise money for a school in Uganda, plant a tree or just speak kindly to others are all good suggestions, so there is some good that will come from this book if used well. Perhaps better in small groups such as a family or small reading groups. The publisher, Schiffer Publishing, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, ideas and opinions are my own.


42375207The Peace Dragon

by Linda RagsdaleMarco Furlotti (Illustrations)

Published September 12th 2018 by Flowerpot Press

4 Stars

This is a story about tolerance, not jumping to conclusions and spreading love and peace.

Sherwyn is a young boy who love adventures. One day while playing, he pulls on a stick. The stick is actually a dragon and his first reaction is fear. As he talks to Omani, the Peace Dragon, and looks closely at his heart shaped scales, his opinion changes and he begins to trust Omani. When he takes this homeless dragon home, the villagers assume they are being attacked by a scary dragon and take up their weapons to attack. Sherwyn places himself in front of Omani to stop the crowd. I love how the illustrator showed the shadows of the mob looking like a scary dragon, more scary than Omani was. When Sherwyn convinces the crowd that the dragon only wants a peaceful place to live, they back off and he finally finds a safe place to live and call home. With colorful illustrations featuring a loving dragon and her new friend, this story might teach children about acceptance, not jumping to conclusions, and just being kind and how that will go a long way. A great book for schools and home when teaching children about these things. The publisher, Flowerpot Press, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, opinions, and ideas shared are my own.