{Review and Giveaway}: Bash and the Pirate Pig

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Bash and the Pirate Pig

Written by: Burton Cole

Illustrated by: Tom Bancroft

Publisher: B&H Kids

Hardcover: 224 pages


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. 

My Review – If you have an 8-12 year old reader who enjoys the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, he/she may also like reading Bash and the Pirate Pig.  The story is about Raymond, an almost eleven and a half year old city kid who would rather spend his summer lying around on the couch, eating chips, reading comic books and playing video games.  Instead, his parents send him off to spend the summer with his cousin Sebastian (“Bash”), Uncle Rollie and Aunt Tillie on their farm in Ohio.  

Ray-Ray Sunbeam Beamer (nicknamed by his cousin) and Bash have a summer filled with fun and crazy adventures,.  Well, the adventures are fun for Bash and not so fun for Raymond, but he still goes along with Bash’s ideas even if he knows they will probably get into trouble for them. The stories are quite colorful and descriptive.  I know that my six year old son would find them hilarious, especially the chapter about riding a cow into town to get ice cream from the drive-thru window.  I’ll just have to remind him that these are just stories in a book and that he is not allowed to try these zany adventures at home.

What I loved about the book are the times when Bash would talk to his cousin about his “Fishin’ and Farmin’ book,” aka the bible.  He is not shy about bringing up his Christian faith and is even the first to volunteer to teach a bible lesson during their Sunday School class.  By the end of the book, you see that Bash does have a good influence on Raymond.  Ray-Ray Sunbeam Beamer learns a lot about joy and freedom from his “wild & crazy” cousin.

The author also includes a Parent Connection section at the end of the book.  There are discussion questions and bible verses that you can read and talk about with your child(ren).  

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GIVEAWAY TIME!!! – One lucky reader will receive a copy of the book, Bash and the Pirate Pig. Giveaway ends Thursday, September 26th at 11pm.  

To enter, please leave a comment telling me about the last book you or your child enjoyed reading.

The giveaway is now closed.  The winner of Bash and the Pirate Pig is Joyce!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


6 thoughts on “{Review and Giveaway}: Bash and the Pirate Pig

  1. I am reading Grace Unplugged right now. Halfway through and I like it so far. I think the last book I read with Emily was a Berenstain Bears book…or I guess she read it to me because it is one of those I Can Read books and she knew all the sight words. :p Melody reads by herself but the last book we read together was Henry’s Paper Route. I want to read through The Marriage Book with Norm. It has been awhile since we have read together.

  2. Ashley

    Paul (7) has been enjoying a book (graphic novel) called The Adventures of Ook and Gluk Kung-Fu Cavement from the Future written by the same authors as Captain Underpants but doesn’t have as much potty humor :). It is about two cool caveboys from 5000,000 BC who must save their hometown Caveland, Ohio. They enter a time portal which takes them into the future 2222 (not that far away) and have to find a secret to save the day. Cecelia(9) is just beginning to read A Wrinkle In Time which is an adventure book and she just completed The Island of the Blue Dolphins which is about a native girl who was left on an island in the Pacific Ocean and her unusual adventure of survival and personal discovery. I’ve been trying to read Heaven which is about exactly what the title states with all sorts of Biblical references.

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