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Prince and Pirate Hardcover – May 9, 2017
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★ "Prince, an entitled goldfish, and Pirate, a fish of a decidedly naughty nature, are content as can be within their own little bowls. Then along comes the terrible day when they find themselves sharing a single tank . . . Taking a cue from classic movies and sitcoms of yore, they make a line down the tank's center constructed from white pebbles . . . A watery odd couple perfect for potential royals and scurvy curs alike."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"When a 'dreadful journey' lands [Prince and Pirate] in a rectangular fish tank, they are terrible at sharing, and they each embark on a quest to outdo the other. Prince's proper, snooty vernacular hilariously contrasts with Pirate's raw, salty language: 'Halt, peasant!' says Prince, and Pirate replies, 'Avast, ye scurvy sea slug!' . . . . At first glance, this is pure silliness, but a tidy lesson about sharing will rise to the surface."—Booklist
"Gunnufson’s goofy story about acceptance and sharing . . . gives Pirate and Prince big personalities, and their respectively gruff and highbrow comments will make for peppy readalouds."—Publishers Weekly
From the Inside Flap
Prince and Pirate are proud masters of their very own fishbowls, and life goes along swimmingly--until they're scooped up and plopped into shared waters.
Prince is horrified to find this cheeky cod trespassing in his kingdom. "Halt, peasant!"
Pirate is sure this scurvy sea slug has come to plunder his treasure. "Avast, ye scurvy sea slug!"
And so begins a battle of regal sneers, seaworthy stink-eyes, and off-the-hook insults.
Prince and Pirate's hilarious duel for territory will elicit gales of giggles, hearty guffaws, and heartfelt smiles. Just when it seems their struggle might end in a silly stalemate, a little surprise convinces them to find a way to get along--swimmingly.
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Prince and Pirate is a great story packed with lots of fun words, humor and a lesson on coming together despite differences! We definitely recommend this book!!
The first thing that caught my eye about Prince and Pirate was definitely the cover and the title - I could tell right away that this book was going to be a lot of fun. The cover is so well designed, and let's face it - who doesn't want to read an adorably illustrated tale about two fish, a prince and a pirate?
As soon as I opened the book when it arrived (thank you so much, Penguin!), my four year old daughter carted it off and started checking it out, happily pointing at the pictures and making up a story for the illustrations. She loves fish - she's had a goldfish for a few years and her favorite movie is Finding Dory, so anything to do with fish really makes her smile. When I sat down on the couch to read this to her, I realized that this wasn't just your every day average book about fish - it was a really fun adventure with fun dialogue, a great story, and eye-catching illustrations that make this book incredible!
The story starts off introducing Prince the fish. Prince is happy in his underwater kingdom, complete with castle and carriage, and he is the ruler of his fishbowl. Then we meet Pirate. Pirate has a treasure chest and a pirate ship, and he rules his waters!
And then it happens - the two fish are picked up and moved into a large, rectangular fish tank - together.
When the two of them meet, they are incredibly unhappy. After all, Prince believes that he should rule the new kingdom, and Pirate believes that Prince is after his treasure. So the two of them spend time trying to get back at each other - Prince locks Pirate up in his castle's dungeon, while Pirate makes Prince swim the plank on his ship.
After plenty of fighting (and funny conversations between the two), a new arrival shows up - a shy little dogfish. Prince and Pirate try to coax the dogfish out of his little house (which is a doghouse, because how adorable is that?), they realize that the only way that they will be able to make him feel welcome is to actually get along. But can they get along, or are they just too different?
I love the message that this book sends - that it is perfectly fine to be different, but you don't have to dislike others because of their differences. Instead, why not embrace the things that make you unique and get along, sharing ideas and making things more fun?
Prince and Pirate is the kind of book that you really want to get into and do the voices for - we have so much fun stepping into the characters of the book at my house and really making the story come alive.
I can't even count the amount of times that I've read this book - both with my kids and by myself, because I just enjoy the book so much overall. The pictures are bright and friendly, and the story has engaging writing and is great for readers of all ages.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Perfect book to read at bedtime too. The kids drift off to sleep dreaming of buried treasure and castles.
Most importantly, what a fantastic message for kids. They learn to set aside differences in order to help others.
It's perfect for beginning readers, too!