The first thing that caught my eye about Prince and Pirate was definitely the cover and the title – I could tell right away that this book was going to be a lot of fun. The cover is so well designed, and let’s face it – who doesn’t want to read an adorably illustrated tale about two fish, a prince and a pirate?
As soon as I opened the book when it arrived (thank you so much, Penguin!), my four year old daughter carted it off and started checking it out, happily pointing at the pictures and making up a story for the illustrations. She loves fish – she’s had a goldfish for a few years and her favorite movie is Finding Dory, so anything to do with fish really makes her smile. When I sat down on the couch to read this to her, I realized that this wasn’t just your every day average book about fish – it was a really fun adventure with fun dialogue, a great story, and eye-catching illustrations that make this book incredible!
The story starts off introducing Prince the fish. Prince is happy in his underwater kingdom, complete with castle and carriage, and he is the ruler of his fishbowl. Then we meet Pirate. Pirate has a treasure chest and a pirate ship, and he rules his waters!
And then it happens – the two fish are picked up and moved into a large, rectangular fish tank – together.
When the two of them meet, they are incredibly unhappy. After all, Prince believes that he should rule the new kingdom, and Pirate believes that Prince is after his treasure. So the two of them spend time trying to get back at each other – Prince locks Pirate up in his castle’s dungeon, while Pirate makes Prince swim the plank on his ship.
After plenty of fighting (and funny conversations between the two), a new arrival shows up – a shy little dogfish. Prince and Pirate try to coax the dogfish out of his little house (which is a doghouse, because how adorable is that?), they realize that the only way that they will be able to make him feel welcome is to actually get along. But can they get along, or are they just too different?
I love the message that this book sends – that it is perfectly fine to be different, but you don’t have to dislike others because of their differences. Instead, why not embrace the things that make you unique and get along, sharing ideas and making things more fun?
Prince and Pirate is the kind of book that you really want to get into and do the voices for – we have so much fun stepping into the characters of the book at my house and really making the story come alive.
I can’t even count the amount of times that I’ve read this book – both with my kids and by myself, because I just enjoy the book so much overall. The pictures are bright and friendly, and the story has engaging writing and is great for readers of all ages.