Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books


Spring 2016 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 7 yrs.
Author: Steve Light
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763679903
Hardcover Price: $16.99

Rich with idiosyncratic pen-and-ink detail, Steve Light's black-and-white and color illustrations will have kids poring over each page as a kind little peg-legged pirate helps a sea captain rebuild his old ship by means of a series of "swaps." These begin with the trade of one button for two teacups, and like Light's previous book, Have You Seen My Monster?, as the tale progresses, it becomes a good-humored counting book, fueled by a spirit of generosity.

Lynne Heffley   ©2016 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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