Wednesday, December 4, 2013

"Pirates on the Farm" (The Next Door Series) by Denette Fretz and illustrated by Gene Barretta

“No one ever imagined that five swashbuckling pirates would settle in our proper little southern community. But they did.”

About the book:  When pirates move in next door, life on the farm is bound to get interesting. But will the unadventurous Sanders family be able to handle the pirates’ bad manners, ghastly grub, and outrageous antics? Or will they learn the importance of loving one’s neighbor and help the graceless pirates find their “land legs”?
Hardcover, Jacketed
ISBN 13: 9780310723486

Review:  Author Denette Fretz has written a delightful story in the brand new “The Next Door  Series” and it is illustrated with art that truly captures the characters spirit and the action of the story.

Pirates on the Farm tells the tale of sea faring pirates – and we all know that they are persons of shady character – moving next door to the Sanders family and bringing with them all their unsavory habits as they try to learn to live the life of farmers with no sea in sight.

The story is entertaining – well, that is putting it mildly because it is rip-roaring-shiver-me-timbers funny. But entertainment is a nice way of getting across to children (and those adults that read to them) a lesson in accepting and loving their neighbor.

Mom Sanders is suspicious, as are others in the community, and Pa Sanders goes over to help them unpack and move in. Some seem happy to have new, albeit different, neighbors and some are highly suspicious and wary.

Now in the back of the book, there is a section with “pirate speak” which is fun. There is also a parents’ page with discussion questions (always good because those kiddies always need a bit of guidance and have lots of questions) and a devotion.

I can see this as a great Christmas gift for that little boy in your life and it will be a great learning tool, too. So I'm thinking this is one that librarians, Moms, Dads, schools, Grandparents will all want to check out to have around for the kiddies in their lives. May be purchased at your favorite book supplier.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of Pirates on the Farm" from the BookSneeze blog  review program on behalf of the publisher ZonderKidz in exchange for this review. Opinions expressed are solely my own and I received no compensation for this review.


  1. What a fun book! Adding it to my list!

  2. This looks fabulous. I think I will have to put it on Gigi's to be read list. Thanks again for joining us on the Kid Lit Blog Hop

  3. This sounds fun. We love humorous chapter books in our home. Thank you for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop, Vera! Have a fantastic rest of the week!

  4. This looks like so much fun! I was instantly drawn in by the cover image.
    Thanks for sharing this with the Kid Lit Blog Hop!


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