Cathy East Dubowski is a narrator, editor, and illustrator. She specializes in novelizations of movies and literary classics for children and young adult readers. Dubowski has written more than 100 books for children, including adaptations of The Aristocats, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess, and Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty.
My struggling reader read this over 3 days (about 20 minutes a day). He loves pirates so he was eager to read it and the story line held his attention. Some of the words were a little above what I typically think of as Level 2. I think Level 2 books should mainly contain words which follow the phonics rules and have the more common sight words. This book had several words which he just couldn't sound out. Not too many to make me throw it across the room though.
My other reader read it in about 10 minutes today. He didn't struggle. I guess it depends on where your kids falls in the reading spectrum.
This book does try to teach cooperation and in the end the two kids that hate each other end up being friends. What a warm fuzzy pirate story.
Overall it was okay, but not my first choice for beginning readers.
Sometimes I wonder why there are kids books about anything other than pirates, it's such a winnning topic. This is a clever book with a sweet moral. There's a lot of text here, but the vocabulary is pretty easy and the story was compelling enough to hold my son's interest to the end.