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This book, BASH and the Pirate Pig, made me literally laugh out loud! Over and over again. Wait....it's geared for elementary and early jr. high kids, but I laughed constantly. Hmmm....wonder what that says about me? NO...please don't answer that question!
Seriously, this adventure of two cousins and their CRAZY antics over a summer was a hoot. Can I say "hoot" or does that give away too much of my southern TN roots?
Though at first glance, I thought the book wasn't going to be a good fit for my family mostly because the word stupid was in the first sentence and the first couple of pages definitely described a kid with an attitude problem (though REAL life I wasn't sure if that is what I wanted to give my kids to read because we are dealing with NOT having bad attitudes...GREATLY battling). However, I'm glad I gave the book a chance because it only took a couple of pages before I knew that woven in between crazy adventures was LOTS of great Biblical truth AND scripture and the bad attitudes were quickly changed! By the end of the book, the Romans Way Biblical explanation of salvation was presented in the "words" of kids to be understood by kids. LOVE! Make that REALLY love!
I can HARDLY wait to let my 12 year old read this while we are on vacation next week. My 7 year old will also love it! As a matter of fact, it might best be read-a-loud while we travel because I think our entire family will be rolling in the floor with laughter. Most especially because I can think of some crazy adventure stories my husband would tell of his childhood while spending summers playing with HIS cousins. I mean really, boys....the things they can come up with! I LOVED that the summer adventures were on a farm and the warm memories of childhood it brought back to mind for me. After all, haven't YOU been cow tipping, dreamed of riding your cow to get icecream, built forts and boats, named all of your animals crazy names AND gone SNIPE hunting (yes, oh yes....I fell for that one growing up!)
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
About Bash and the Pirate Pig
Bash and the Pirate Pig, by Burton Cole, is the story of a cranky city kid named Raymond "Beamer" Boxby who must spend summer vacation at his younger cousin, Bash's, farm.
Beamer prefers air conditioning and video games. He can't see what good can come of this so-called country fun that includes riding cows, river rafting with a pig, or playing with skunks.
But hang tight, Beamer, because Bash's zany adventures with his "Fishin' and Farmin' book" (The Bible) just might lead to the coolest discovery of all.
About the Author
Burton Cole is a Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist with thirty years of experience and more than fifty humor writing awards to his credit. He grew up on a farm in northeast Ohio and attended a small-town church with a slew of cousins and buddies. That same boyhood inspires his colorful stories today.
About the Illustrator
Tom Bancroft has more than twenty years of experience in the animation and illustration industry and worked with Disney on films including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Aladdin. Other clients have included DC Comics and Big Idea Productions.
Bash and the Pirate PigWritten by: Burton ColeIllustrated by: Tom BancroftPublisher: B&H KidsHardcover: 224 pages$12.99
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