"Captain Jenna and The Sky Pirates" by Dave Bennett
*Thank you to the author for a copy in exchange for a review.*
Right from the beginning, I got Peter Pan vibes. So I quickly became skeptical to see how the author was going to separate the flying pirate ships from Peter Pan and his own creation. As the story progressed, I got completely away from that mindset because Captain Jenna and The Sky Pirates take on a persona of its own.
I quickly fell in love with the story, the characters, and fast-paced writing. Even though this is a chapter book for children, I completely lost myself in the book. I wasn't checking the page numbers or glancing at the time. I was fully emerged in the world of the Sky Pirates.
The world-building right off the bat was detailed, complex, and clever. I had never read anything like it before.
I also adored the brilliant set of characters. Jenna, our main character, is fearless, smart, and a natural-born leader. I also felt a connection with the side characters as well.
This book also does a great job of addressing that children can have brilliant ideas that solve adult problems. It reminded me that a child's mind thinks differently than an adult, and they can sometimes come up with solutions that are better than adults.
My favorite part was learning about the Sky Pirates and their trade. I don't want to go into too much detail, but I absolutely loved it. I thought the idea was clever and exceptionally well done.
If you are looking for a chapter book for your youngster, I highly recommend Captain Jenna and the Sky Pirates.
About the book:
"During a stormy night, Jenna spots something shiny In her grandfather's garden. When she goes to investigate, she is grabbed and taken away on an adventure, to a world of flying pirate ships, lightning battles and wonder. Along the way, she makes some new friends, and explores a world, she could only dream of before." (Goodreads)
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