Author: Cornelia Funke
Illustrator: Kerstin Meyer
Translator: Oliver Latsch
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Imprint: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication date: April 28th, 2015
My rating: 5 of 5
(Book re-read on July 18th, 2015, from the ARC received from the publisher, in exchange of an honest review.)
Who needs a treasure map when you have a pirate pig with a nose for gold?Stout Sam and his deckhand, Pip, find a pig washed up in a barrel on the beach. They want to keep her as a pet, but they soon realize Julie is no ordinary pig. She can sniff out treasure! What happens if Barracuda Bill, the greediest and meanest pirate who ever sailed the seas, hears about Julie’s special talent?Bestselling author Cornelia Funke brings her signature charm to this quirky, whimsical chapter book for young readers.
My Thoughts on the Book:
The Pirate Pig is a fun, interesting & entertaining children's book with lovely illustrations!
I have to admit that I actually read this book twice: once to my 6-year-old nephew, and once by myself. The first time, I didn't pay as much attention, mostly because I had to translate it to my nephew (he knows some English, but not enough, he's still learning), but I thought it's an ok book. And, at least I got the feedback of a child for whom the book is intended.
He thought that the book was quite interesting, and he loved it, and he kept asking me when we'll finish it. We had to read it in two sittings, and only because I had to go home, but he wanted to know what will happen next. I mean, pirates and a pig that can find treasure. Any boy would love that! And he loved the colour illustrations. He loved finding the characters on the illustrations while we were reading it, and there was a 2-page picture of the pirate boat with all the names of its parts, and he loved learning them, too. So, yes, this book is amazing for children, and actually, I decided to give it to him, because I know he'll read it again & again, and probably by himself soon.
That being said, of course I was going to read it again so I can review it, and let me just say, I actually enjoyed it a lot more than I expected, even though I knew the story. It was quirky & fun, even funny, and the colourful illustrations really added to the story, so yes, it's a great book for children, and I highly recommend it for every child that loves books, no matter if it's a boy or a girl.