by Mike Flaherty
Illustrated by Oriol Vidal
Published May 2016
Sterling Children's Books
Review copy provided by publisher
What’s this book about? That depends on who you ask. Our humble narrator thinks he’s got a great story for you, but he barely begins before he’s interrupted . . . by a scallywag pirate with a thrilling legend of mermaids and sea monsters! Soon an entire cast of colorful characters—including a hungry dinosaur, an alien bent on world domination, and a heroic knight—derails the boy’s saga. Everyone has a tale to tell—but if they can all get on the same page, this might turn out to be the best story ever!
I enjoyed reading this book and can't wait to share it with students. It reminds children that when they are writing, they are in charge of what happens on the page.
The characters are charming and adorable from Salty Pete the pirate to Sir Knightly the gallant knight. The illustrations are playful and fun and remind me of some of Dan Santat's work. All of the dialogue is done in text bubbles with different colors for each character. I thought this was an interesting and effective way to clarify who was talking since there are many characters.
The ending a sweet and I think it will satisfy readers.
I plan to use this as one of my introductory texts for writer's workshop for my fourth graders. I would recommend this book for grades K-4.
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