Thursday, March 14, 2019

Review - Small Saul

Small Saul
by Ashley Spires
Date: 2011
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

A high-seas adventure about an unconventional little pirate who charms the rough pirate crew of the Rusty Squid. With treasure chests of laughs, Small Saul is a lighthearted celebration of individuality, and proof that good things come in small packages.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Small Saul is a delightful story about a little guy named Saul who wants nothing more than to be a sailor. But because of his size, the Navy won't take him. So he enrolls in pirate college instead. The problem is, he's not a great pirate. It's just not in his nature.

Eventually, though, he finds a place on a pirate ship. His attempts to endear himself to the crew don't exactly work, and he ends up being pushed overboard. But soon enough, his pirate colleagues realize how much of an asset he was to the team, and Saul is finally appreciated for what he can do.

The illustrations are fun and funny, and the story about finding your place by just being yourself is a nice one. Saul might not be the biggest pirate, but he proves that he has the biggest heart... and the other pirates love him for it.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 4 out of 5

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