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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Pirate Bear is a work of children’s adventure fiction written in verse, penned by author Sonya Annita Song with illustrations by Javier Gimenez Ratti. Written as a picture book with a strong moral lesson, the story follows the central character Pirate Bear as he begins the tale as the ‘baddest bear’ at sea. Everyone is afraid of him and he takes from others without asking or using any kind of manners and is generally a ruthless figure for all to behold. But when Pirate Bear bonds with a cute kitten and suddenly needs the help of those around him to recover her, a change of attitude is required to gain the help of the crew he’s mistreated.
This truly heart-warming tale is not to be missed and will make a superb bedtime story for children of all ages due to its high-quality imagery and rhyming storyline that will delight generations as they read it together. Author Sonya Annita Song has done a wonderful job with a complex moral message told in a delightful and loving way. I could see this work also really connecting in schools and class reading exercises for younger generations. The illustrations by Javier Gimenez Ratti absolutely blew me away with their high quality and highly emotive atmosphere. I also really liked the level of humor they brought, especially with the pirate bunny crew. Overall, Pirate Bear is a superb example of children’s picture books at their very best and I would highly recommend it to all parents, teachers, and guardians.