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Yaakov the Pirate Hunter (Peretz Family Adventures) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 4, 2011
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About the Author
Nathaniel Wyckoff was born and raised in the beautiful San Fernando Valley of southern California. From an early age, he was interested in reading, writing and listening to stories. Though he works in a technical field, he counts storytelling among his favorite activities. Nathaniel's storytelling career took flight with the births of his children. His children enjoy all kinds of stories, but most of Nathaniel's stories for them are of the fantasy and adventure variety. Nathaniel's first novel, Yaakov the Pirate Hunter, was inspired by his son's request for a story about robots. It combines elements of science, adventure, and Nathaniel's beloved Jewish tradition. In addition to writing, the author also enjoys studying his Jewish traditions, reading, playing the accordion and the piano for his family, playing games and sports with his children, and taking his family on hiking trips, camping trips and other adventures.
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The boy Yaakov had a broad sense of adventure cultivated by his parents through books, and travel adventures that included museums, hiking etc.I find the boy and his enthusiasm for science such as robotics was interesting. I enjoyed watching his development in the subject and how he built a robot and liked to enhance its capabilities for tasks around the house.
I enjoyed the surprise map projection and had a certain flashback to Star Wars (Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi; you’re my only hope!) when that happened. Very interesting way of bringing something that screams adventure to the surface.
I so enjoyed the way the father had a light-hearted nature and quick wit in tedious situations. He was fun loving and adventurous. Also, just when you think the mystery is solved, and the excitement is done, there is something new to discover.
These characters are not complex in a sense that takes the reader down a path that is hard to imagine. These characters are designed with a certain ease of understanding from the visualization of who they are and what they appear like, to what they sound like when they talk. This is an important quality for a children’s book, in order for the young audience to be dragged into the scene and have a sense of believability.
So without giving the entire book away, I recommend reading it and give it a big 4 stars!
This is Arwin B. stepping into the next tome.
Pirates and Robots are not usually found in the same book together but this is not your everyday story of the swashbuckling pirate adventure now is it? Yaakov the Pirate Hunter is the first in the Peretz Family Adventure series and it is a very good start to the series .
This is the perfect book to get into with your kids.After reading it there’s no way they won’t be wanting to know more about Yaakov and his family.The Yaakovadventure moves along at a very nice pace to keep young readers interested. It’s quite fun the way author Nathaniel Wyckoff mixes the idea of pirates and robots. This sci/fi adventure takes place in the future where everyone owns robots .These robots are all programed to do different jobs,which just so happens to help out the Peretz family quite nicely.
As you may have guessed Yaakov and his family are Jewish and that fact adds greatly to the story. We learn a little about Jewish family life which is also a nice part of the book as it teaches kids a little about a different culture. Also Jewish history is built into the story.
A very easy read for young readers and very educational and so much fun I think kids will love it
Yaakov the Pirate Hunter is one of those rare books that is written at a middle school level but appropriate to younger children, making it an excellent choice for kids who read above their grade level. Its focus on Jewish history and customs may be interesting to a child preparing for their bar/bat mitzvah to help develop a greater sense of Jewish identity in the modern world. With an exciting story line, it is accessible to a broad audience and parents of any faith will appreciate the focus on values.
The nerd in me loved this book. The author gave us a glimpse of the future of graphene technology, the history and culture of the Jewish people, and robots. While the writing may be a little dry in places for reluctant readers, many will quickly become immersed in the story and wonder when they will be able to own the same devices as the Peretz family.