Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Children's Book Review: Hook's Revenge, Book 2 The Pirate Code by Heidi Schulz, Illus by John Hendrix

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge, from Disney Press, via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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I missed Book 1 in this series, but I'll be getting it for Miss Grace!

Read on to see why!




Synopsis:

Fresh off a fearsome encounter with the Neverland crocodile, Jocelyn Hook decides the most practical plan is to hunt down her father's famous fortune. After all, she'll need the gold to fund her adventuring in the future. (And luckily, Hook left her the map.) But the map proves to be a bit harder to crack than Jocelyn had hoped, and she's convinced that the horrible Peter Pan might be the only one with the answers. Of course, he doesn't really feel like helping her, so Jocelyn takes the only reasonable course of action left to her: she kidnaps his mother. Evie, though, is absolutely thrilled to be taken prisoner, so Jocelyn's daring ploy doesn't have quite the effect she'd planned for. Along with the problem of her all-too-willing captive, Jocelyn must also contend with Captain Krueger, whose general policy is that no deed is too dastardly when it comes to stealing Hook's treasure. And with the ever-shifting Whens of the Neverland working against her as well, Jocelyn, Evie, Roger, and the rest of the Hook's Revenge crew have their work cut out for them. In this rambunctious showdown between characters new and old, Jocelyn puts her own brand of pirating to the test in a quest to save her future and those she loves

Review:

I know school is back in session, but many kids read for pure enjoyment, and this series is perfect for a new take on an old tale. This follow up tale to Book 1: Hook's Revenge, is perfect for the 8-12 crows, who thinks they are beyond fairy tales. The book's smart humor will draw them in, like it's predecesor, and keep the pages flying, as they journey along with Jocelyn, Merriweather and Roger! The narration is defintely a bit snarkier in this 2nd book, but it makes for more fun for the reader, so it's all good! The story involves a riddle to be worked out, that may have your kids scrambling with pen and paper (!!!), Jocelyn is another STRONG female character and perfect for young girls to read and take heart from. I wish the series was moving on, as I think it has potential to be a girl's version of 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' crossed with 'Harry Potter', but there are only 2 books set at this time. I'd love to see a movie version of the books as well!

So do you middle grader a favor and pick up both books and show them how books can be FUN and Smart and take you places you never thought!


About the Author:
Heidi Schulz is a writer, reader, giraffe suspicioner, and the author of Hook's Revenge. She lives in Salem, Oregon with her husband, co-captaining a crew made up of their teen daughter, a terrible little dog, and five irascible chickens. Visit her website at HeidiSchulzBooks.com or follow her on Twitter @HeidiSchulz.

About the Illustrator:

John Hendrix loves to draw. In fact, he's drawing right now in St. Louis, Missouri. He lives there with his wife and two children, and teaches at Washington University. His drawings have been featured in numerous publications, and he is the author and illustrator of many acclaimed children's books. Visit John online at johnhendrix.com and follow him on Twitter at @hendrixart.

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