Thursday, September 19, 2013

Bash and the Pirate Pig - A book review and a giveaway

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 BeastThe Lion King, and Aladdin. Other clients have included DC Comics and Big Idea Productions. 

Bash and the Pirate Pig 
Written by: Burton Cole 
Illustrated by: Tom Bancroft
Publisher: B&H Kids
Hardcover: 224 pages 

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Our Thoughts:

I read this book as a read-aloud with my 11 year old daughter.  My 4 year old daughter also listened in most of the time.  In my opinion, this book is geared more towards boys.  The two main characters are boys and the story is full of their crazy adventures and pranks during a summer on an Ohio farm.  While boys may enjoy it more, we still got a kick out of reading it.  The antics are humorous and the predicaments the boys find themselves in caused me to laugh out loud more than once. 

This is a Christian book and it presents the Gospel message beautifully.  I enjoyed hearing it explained through the words of a young boy; he explains it simply and clearly.  It could be a great way to witness to young children (about ages 8 to 14).  Jesus' plan of salvation and the Romans Road are woven into the story nicely. 

The story does include a great deal of name calling.  No curse words, by any means.  Just a lot of name calling (like nitwit and numbskull) between the two boys.  This didn't bother me, but I know some people might like to know ahead of time, if name calling is something that your child might already struggle with.

Bash and the Pirate Pig was a fun read-aloud.  My daughters and I all enjoyed it.  The presentation of the Gospel Message is awesome and I hope that it will be used to reach souls and change lives.

One lucky reader will receive a copy of this book, courtesy of FlyBy Promotions.  Just leave a comment on or before October 1, 2013.  I will choose one comment at random.
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