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Kris & The Pirates: The Adventures of Kris by Art Blegen (Book Review)

It was supposed to be a fun day at the beach.

In the middle of the ocean, Kris finds an island with beautiful, sandy beaches. The ideal place to go swimming! Once she can teach the biggest, strongest sailor not to be afraid of the water, that is.
The perfect day is interrupted when a bunch of pirates appear out of the jungle. They capture the crew and chase Kris through the jungle. Now the pirates are trying to steal the ship and leave Kris and the crew stranded on the island.

Can Kris escape the Pirates?
Can she rescue the crew?
Can they steal their own ship back and get home?

Kris & The Pirates is the next installment of The Adventures of Kris, where imagination and friendship can overcome any obstacle.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Reedsy Discovery. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.


Have you been so engrossed in a book that you felt like living it? Could you picture the characters and the locations or even hear a foreign accent as dialogue is exchanged? Kris, the heroine, gave new meaning to being immersed in a good book! In the real world, she was a typical kid, complaining about not wanting to do something a parent, her dad, asked her to do. In this case, that would be attending a costume party in March. She understood dressing up for Halloween, but a costume party in March was stupid, according to her. Kris would rather get lost in a good book. Me too! 

When Kris cracked open her current read, she found herself smack dab in the thick of things. She felt the breeze on her face, watched in amazement as dolphins played, and moved around the ship as easily as she did her bedroom in the real world. Kris’s biggest problem was the captain’s annoying son, James. That soon quickly changed when they went ashore, and they were given an unfriendly welcome by several stranded pirates who were ready to leave.

As Kris searched for food, her path crossed with several talking animals. Stevie, the sloth, spoke as slowly as he moved. Sam, the snake, stretched out every “s” and gave kisses. Kris met Michael, king of monkeys, who was always in the mood to play a game. Other animals were present on the island—some who aided Kris and one particular animal that was just plain mean, like those awful pirates. 

Kris and The Pirates was two stories in one. In the pirate world, Kris seeks help from the multiple talking jungle animals she met while searching for food and a hiding spot! The real world was not as exciting as the island, but one encounter did cause her to scream in fright. How and why will only be unveiled if you read the book, and I highly recommend you read the book!

After I finished the story, I wondered if Kris’s time as a sailor was real or if it was just a person’s imagination gone wild. Whatever the answer is, I (again) recommend you read the book. Why? Because it’s that good! It has action, suspense, humor, and (let’s not forget) talking animals! 

Heart Rating System:
1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤

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Meet the Author

Art Blegen is the author of imaginative chapter books for readers from 6 to 10 years old. He is an advocate for children to ensure they have a balance of positive examples in their lives. Wholesome stories and a healthy imagination can lay the foundation they will use for the rest of their lives.

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Jungle Jim’s Coloring Book for Toddlers by Pixie Publishing House (Book Review)

ntroducing our “Alphabetical Animals” coloring book for kids, featuring Jungle Jim and his animal friends! This educational and fun-filled coloring book is designed to help children learn the alphabet and develop their writing skills while they explore the wild world of jungle animals. With each page dedicated to a different letter of the alphabet and a corresponding animal, children will have the opportunity to practice writing both uppercase and lowercase letters while they color in their new jungle friends. The book is filled with delightful illustrations of the animals in their natural habitats, providing an engaging and interactive way for children to learn about the animal kingdom. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, or caregiver, this coloring book is a perfect addition to any child’s learning journey.
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This activity book has a lot going for it. 

1.) It teaches children both upper and lower case letters. 

2.) It spells out animal names using dotted letters so children can trace each one. 

3.) Plenty of dotted lines to allow children to practice their writing skills. 

4.) The images are large, with many white open areas.  

5.) The animal names are perfect sight words for beginning readers. 

6.) The book blends new words with familiar words, usable for several ages. Example: Money (recognizable) – uakari (possibly not identifiable) 

Most workbooks only reach one age bracket. Jungle Jim’s Coloring does not. Toddlers will love coloring the images. Preschoolers can color, trace, and use the book to learn and write the alphabet. Kindergartners can do every a preschooler can, but also practice reading and recognizing the words in print. 

I recommend buying this book for your home or childcare setting. 

Heart Rating System:
1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤

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