Archie and the Pirates, by Marc Rosenthal, is a very good, very fun book. Kids, from little through first or second grade will love it. When I say this book has just about everything needed to be a sure success with kids, I mean it. That is to say, it’s got a monkey and pirates! I think that spells instant winner with a lot of kids.
I picked it up and flipped through a few pages and that’s all it took to convince me to take this book home and feed it to my 7-year old. She read Archie and the Pirates through to the end,and she loved the story. If it’s good, funny, and has great illustrations, she’s all for the book every time.
Yes, Archie is the monkey – a monkey marooned on a tropical island paradise- almost. You see, there’s this tiger roaming about roaring hungrily. And then, there’s these pirates, and they…
Let me back up. As the story begins, without explanation, we find Archie adrift on the ocean, fast asleep in his bed, and dreaming that he is asleep in his bed, adrift on the ocean. He awakens to find that he floated to a desert island somewhere in the tropics. Following the lead of the Swiss Family Robinson, he constructs an elaborate, and ingenious tree house with multi-purpose items, and even running water, all with tools and items he collects from the beach and elsewhere on the island.
Archie soon makes friends with an Ibis, and he whiles away the pleasant hours with her. But there is danger on this island, and later, the pirates come and kidnap one of Archie’s friends. Can Archie mount a rescue?
Pictures are from Marc Rosenthal’s Website.
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