I’m sure my general level of maturity is why I enjoy reviewing books for children. This book is a delight. The setting is a bird dominated world that is fraught with discrimination. Blue Jay the pirate is not Robin Hood but he does have a sense of justice and style. The book seems like it is an introduction to a series, one can only hope.
The illustrations are delightful. This is Scott Nash’s forte. I am reviewing an advanced reading copy so I am missing the full color illustrations which are promised for the final edition. The black and white illustrations are still terrific. The style is reminiscent of the Pooh stories.
The story provides some nice lessons in morals, ethics, loyalty and perseverance. Acceptance of those who are different from you is one of the highlights of the plot. This is a really cute story that I intend to read to my grandchildren. What kid doesn’t like a rollicking pirate story and these pirates are even laudable!
I highly recommend the book.
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