Saturday, May 6, 2017

G.P. Putnam Books For Young Readers ARC Review: Prince and Pirate (Author-Charlotte Gunnufson & Illustrator-Mike Lowery)

Prince and Pirate
Author: Charlotte Gunnufson
Illustrator: Mike Lowery
Publication Date: May 9th, 2017
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

When two little fish with big personalities have to share the same tank, there are rough seas ahead!
Prince and Pirate are proud masters of their very own fishbowls, and life goes along swimmingly--until they're scooped up and plopped into shared waters.
Prince is horrified to find this cheeky cod trespassing in his kingdom.
Pirate is sure this scurvy sea slug has come to plunder his treasure.
Thus, a battle of regal sneers, seaworthy stink-eyes, and off-the-hook insults begins.
Prince and Pirate's hilarious duel for territory will elicit gales of giggles, hearty guffaws, and heartfelt smiles. Just when it seems their struggle might end in a silly stalemate, a little surprise convinces them to find a way to get along--swimmingly. 

Charlotte is the author of Prince and Pirate (Penguin/Putnam, May 2017) and Halloween Hustle (Two Lions, September 2013), picture books for kids ages 3-9. Watch the giggle-inducing trailers at, and get lots of fun, free, kid-friendly stuff: coloring pages, music, mazes, word puzzles, crafts, activity kits for teachers, and more.Charlotte loves making kids laugh and getting them jazzed up about reading. Contact her via her website about scheduling a visit at a school, library or bookstore near you. Events include an interactive reading, guessing game, action rhymes, crafts, music, dancing and more.Charlotte grew up in Minnesota, bossed by an older sister (who once tricked Charlotte into eating a worm) and pestered by a younger brother (who, among other misdemeanors, blew out the candles on Charlotte's birthday cake). Charlotte has since escaped to Iowa, where she write and teaches Zumba Fitness classes. She has one handsome husband, two blue cats, and three remarkable children.
In addition to picture books, Charlotte writes poems which have appeared in Highlights, Highlights High Five and Hello, Cricket, Spider, Ladybug, Babybug, Jack & Jill, Humpty Dumpty, and Turtle magazines.

Mike Lowery is an illustrator whose work appears in everything from greeting cards to children’s books—and Workman’s Kid’s Awesome Activity Calendar. In Doodle Adventures™ – the first series Mike has written and illustrated – he invites readers to doodle along with him and Carl the Duck. Mike shares more of his work at and @mikelowerystudio on Instagram.

He lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and daughter.

"When two little fish with big personalities have to share the same tank,
 there are rough seas ahead!"

Prince and Pirate is fun children's book full of bright, vivid illustrations that will engage the reader and a fun, entertaining story that will keep the reader's attention right up until the last page. 

Prince and Pirate tell the story of two fish who both want to be the "king" of the fish tank and they both work so hard to prove who is the best...until......a new fish arrives. Once DogFish arrives both Prince and Pirate forget all about who is the best and they work together to try to make DogFish feel welcome.

The "pirate" language that both Prince and Pirate use throughout the book is funny and kids will love reading this fun and entertaining story. Both Pirate and Prince are hard-headed, determined characters and neither wants to budge on who "rules" the fish tank. The words they use are supposed to be mean and stern but they really just end up sounding silly and kids will laugh at their attempts to be the ruler of the fish tank. 

The best part about this book is how the story shows kids how important it is to put your differences aside and work together. Life is much more fun with friends instead of being alone and friendship makes everyone happy! 

"With the lively little dogfish, 
Prince and Pirate cavorted from castle to schooner, 
corner to corner to corner to corner.

Happy, by golly,
so thar-she-blows jolly,
and the teensiest bit tuckered out."

**The quotes from this book have been taken from an Advanced Reading Copy and are subject to change when the final book is printed. Please refer to the final, finished copy for exact quotes!**

**I want to say Thank You to G.P. Putnam Books For Younger Readers for the opportunity to review this book!!**


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