Friday, February 17, 2017

Book review - Captain Pug

Title: Captain Pug: The Dog Who Sailed the Seas
Author: Laura James
Genre: early chapter books
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ultimately forgettable

Summary (provided by publisher): On one very ordinary day Pug's nose knows that breakfast is on its way. And with breakfast, come crumbs – but not just any old crumbs, jam tart crumbs. Jam tarts are Pug's favorite food, and he loves nothing more than to share them with his best friend, Lady Miranda. But just before Pug can finish the last jam tart, Lady Miranda picks him up and whisks him away for a sea-faring adventure. Unfortunately for Pug, it turns out that water may be his biggest fear!
To avoid the water, Pug takes a well-timed snack break. But when his brief respite takes an unexpected turn, Pug will have to find his true Captain self and steer a path back home.

My opinion: This little book provides a simple but wild plot speckled with all manner of unusual details and supported by dynamic illustrations. This can work well if the characters and plot are charming, a goal Captain Pug doesn't quite achieve. While Pug is cute, Lady Miranda's extreme privilege and selfishness are neither relatable nor endearing. Pug's naivete is paired with a sort of laziness. An entertaining enough book to occupy a young reader but perhaps not the best choice for a group reading.

More information: Captain Pug releases March 14.
Advanced Reader Copy provided by NetGalley.

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