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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Would you like to go on an adventure with some pirates looking for buried treasure? Captain Scallywag has anchored the ship and his crew is off on a treasure hunt. They do all kinds of silly things but don’t find the treasure – yet. They eat ice cream, swim deep beneath the water, view the sea life and so much more, all with the alphabet stuck in their heads (and ours, too). There’s “Eric chased an eel” and “Gus dragged the gangplank” and “Jughead jumped from a jellyfish sting.” Lots of alliteration and lots of funny antics. Will these pirates ever find the treasure as they plunder through the alphabet?
Brooke Van Sickle’s picture book story, Pirates Stuck at “C”: An Alphabet Adventure, has everything a good pirate story needs: the pirates (of course), the treasure hunt and lots of adventure. But it’s also a story that develops the alphabet; each development in the plot follows a new letter in the alphabet (in order, of course). There’s clever alliteration, funny antics and so much more to make this adventure a fun way to learn the alphabet, or even to reinforce what a young reader already knows and add more words to their reading vocabulary. The illustrations are colorful and fun to look at. There will be plenty of laughter as young readers enjoy this story and learn from it. The question foremost in the young reader’s mind (at least for the first time they read this delightful book, because they’ll want to read this over and over again), is: where’s the treasure, is there any? A great way to entertain and educate.