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You Have to Turn on Your Child Brain
Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2019
As an adult I'm reading this thinking, this kiddo would have been sent to the brig what with all the mayhem she's stirring up. I'm imagining a renegade knee high running amuck in the halls and stirring up trouble in other classrooms, knowing full well that would be put to a stop. Let's not even get into the classroom set ups and how distracting that would be.
However! Once I put on my Kiddo Cap I can see the allure of this story and it doesn't matter that there isn't much logic to it. This is a story for Children, not adults.
Changing teachers when you adore your previous teacher is a big deal to younguns. My 3rd grade teacher was this hippie-like lady who had this amazingly thick wavy long hair and I thought she was possibly the most beautiful woman in the world (aside from my mother, of course) and her kindness matched her exterior. My 4th grade teacher was also pretty, but in a much different way. She wore make-up and had shoulder-length styled hair and for some reason that made me think she'd be mean. Who knows what drives children's thought processes. Turns out she was equally kind, though stricter; however, that discipline is what we 4th graders needed to be prepared for the Fifth grade, eek! The point? This is a relatable story and will certainly appeal to children entering their next year of school.
The layout is easy to read and the illustrations are fun and do an excellent job of relaying the energy of the story. The little details like the parrot on the Jolly Roger, the overturned chair, the netting over the bookcase, student drawings taped to the wall, and her shark desk, bring life to the story. I like that Emma is more of a rugrat than a cutesy girl because it coordinates with the spirit of the story. The facial expressions are full of character. Pirate Emma is definitely a friend I would have had in my younger years.