Monday, June 22, 2015

Rufus Goes to Sea by Kim Griswell and Valeri Gorbachev (Sterling Publishing)

Rufus Goes to Sea

Written by Kim Griswell

Illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev

Published by Sterling Publishing

Ah for a life on the ocean wave. At least that's what little Rufus the Piggy things. As School breaks up for the long vacation, Rufus ponders what he'll do over the summer. He *could* go to Summer Camp, sure, but what Rufus wants more than anything else is to become...A Pirate!!!

In "Rufus Goes to Sea" by Kim Griswell and Valeri Gorbachev, Rufus' plans are initially thwarted by a very grumpy pirate crew. They don't seem to have any boat room for an able piggy seaman. Despite Rufus's best attempts to swab the decks, peel potatoes to help out in the galley, and shin up the rigging to the crows nest, Rufus really isn't needed.

But Rufus has one skill that pirates definitely DO need. A very special skill that's useful when deciphering pirate maps. Rufus...can read!

We've seen so many pirate books, so it takes something rather special to win us over when a new one arrives. Thankfully Rufus is our kind of piggy, full of energy and joie de vivre as well as gutsy determination to achieve his goal. He's also a reading champ, and we really do doff our caps in deep respect at any book that champions reading in this way. Fabulous buccaneering fun!

Charlotte's best bit: Poor Rufus trying tons of different jobs aboard ship (and narrowly avoiding walking the plank!)

Daddy's Favourite bit: A fun twist on pirate adventures with a fabulous reading pig! Love Rufus!

(Kindly sent to us for review by Sterling Publishing)