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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
A PinkBoat Adventure by Kathleen Ivan revolves around the adventures of two young girls, Kathlean and Crustina. Both girls go sailing one day in Crustina's pink boat. They sail a bit farther away from the shore and, strangely enough, the story takes a different turn when Crustina is turned into a crust and she falls onto the deck in a heap of crumbs. A bird comes and eats the crumbs, as Kathlean watches the bird eating her friend. She is stuck in boat, alone, without her friend, when a stranger appears from nowhere. He takes her back to the shore. Will Kathlean be able to find out what happened to her friend Crustina?
The story has a mysterious and open ending which leaves room for readers to interpret what happened to Crustina in their own way. The story is a sort of a puzzle which will fascinate kids and make them think. The pictures are lovely and vibrant and breathe life into the scenes and characters. The surprise twist in the middle and the unexpected ending make it an enjoyable read for children. It is a good book that can be used in read aloud sessions in classrooms. It will be nice to see the way the kids come up with different interpretations for the ending. I enjoyed the book mainly because the story is original and it breaks away from the norm. The author gives young readers the space and opportunity to think with the ending.