SYNOPSIS: “I’m not much for mistakes, and I mean that sincerely. Any pirate who makes one will pay for it dearly!” says new favorite pirate personality, Captain LaPlank. A cleverly written and beautifully illustrated children’s book launching on International Pirate Day, Captain LaPlank: The Perfect Pirate (September 19, 2018) entertains school-aged children while ever so subtly delivering a message around imperfection, leadership, and learning to live with mistakes.
This rhyming pirate adventure tells a funny story of LaPlank perfectly captaining his ship as his new crew watches, until one by one they begin making minor mistakes and are shown the plank! It’s a classic and timely tale of something our culture today struggles to overcome, the desire to be perfect and in control. At a time when parents and children are bombarded by images in the media of perfect families and extreme athletic, educational, and financial success, we have much to learn from LaPlank’s epiphany, “It has nothing to do with ship captains and crews—perfection’s not something that pirates can choose. They’d bungled their business but those are the breaks—mistakes are just something that everyone makes!”
MY THOUGHTS: Oh, how I love this book! I had so much fun reading it that I made my 15-year-old sit like he used to as a little boy as I read it aloud. Captain LaPlank is the character that readers envision when they read pirate stories. He’s surly, mean, and selfish. His motley crew is not nearly as perfect as their dear captain believes they should be and they pay dearly for it.
They rhyming is perfection. The plot has a strong moral message- ‘nobody is perfect’ and ‘kindness matters’. Gibbet was inspired by Dr. Seuss and hopes parents will receive the same message that young readers will. Rob Foote, the illustrator, has done an ingenious job. The pictures are magnificent and I found myself lingering on each page to take in all the details.
Even Captain LaPlank himself would have to say that this book is pure perfection. 5 stars!
I received the aforementioned title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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