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The storyline of this book is cute. But nowhere in the description does it say it’s a graphic novel. I was expecting a storybook not a graphic novel. Also, the reading level is lower than that of the other Branches series books such as Dragon Masters. My 7 year old son took one look at this book and said he wouldn’t read it because “it’s for babies”. For a struggling reader this book does not make the cut. I want books that will engage him and make him feel confident and this one does not.
2.0 out of 5 stars6 year old was not interested; story has some issues
Reviewed in the United States on 7 November 2015
My son absolutely LOVES book by James Burks, and while he's only the illustrator of this one, I thought we would give it a chance. So far, my 6 year old son has not been enthusiastic. Every time, it's me who suggests this book, not him picking it out himself. Because we have an advanced reader's copy, the color illustrations end on page. 24 and he's lost interest. I would assume this wouldn't be a problem for those who purchase a final copy, however I can't say for certain if the story lost him, or the lack of color lost him.
Despite him showing no interest, I thought I would read it myself and I must admit, as a parent, I'm not too thrilled about the book either. I will not longer be suggesting this book at our nightly bedtime reading.
There are two dogs, Tank and Haggis. Tank is the girl. It's her idea to play pirates. In fact she tapes the sails and essentially makes the ship. Yet when they play pirates, Haggis the boy dog gets to be captain. Why? And Haggis is a bossy captain too! He just sits there while she does all the work and he barks orders at her. Then he notes that she is incompetent with knot tying and schools her on how to tie knots. All throughout, Tank does all the work while Haggis just gets annoyed with her. What kind of example are we subtly teaching our children?
And there's no fun in the story. The stories are mostly the dogs bickering at each other. There's also an inordinate amount of word play, which might not be something kids pick up on easily.
So due to the fact that my son shows no interest, and all the reasons above, I can't really recommend this book.