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Reviewed by Rebecca S Winner for Readers' Favorite
Numa and the Pirates by Brian Kim and Rachel Kim is a picture book about Numa who lives on an island and has two problems: a bad leg and bad breath. Numa is a Mooglian who is not accepted by the other children. He does not know why he has bad breath, since he brushes and flosses. When the pirate ship comes into view, they all run to hide in their homes. The pirates capture the people to work on the ship and also take their possessions. When Captain Wild Beard wants Numa to shine his shoes, Numa's bad breath gets the prisoners released! The pirates are glad to have their captives gone. The people on the island treat Numa like a hero, and he feels better about himself.
I like the way Brian Kim and Rachel Kim handle the topic of a handicapped person in Numa and the Pirates. I enjoyed the humor in the idea of Numa's bad breath being the thing that saved the people from the pirates. I loved the cute little crab who pops up once in a while and has such vivid emotions portrayed on his face. I appreciated the bold colors used for the sky and the sea and the sand in the illustrations. I also appreciated the humor in having a pirate whose shirt and pants don't meet. I loved that the people became appreciative of Numa when they realized that his handicap was what had saved them. I also loved that despite his handicap he could play the drums.