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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