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Pirates on the Farm

Format: Hardcover

Availability: In stock

Quick Overview:

The Pirates Next Door, written by Denette Jenkins Fretz and illustrated by Gene Barretta, tells the tale of five brazen pirates who swap high seas adventures for life on a farm.

 “No one ever imagined that five swashbuckling pirates would settle in our proper little southern community. But they did.”

When pirates move in next door, life on the farm is bound to get interesting. But will the unadventurous Sanders family be able to handle the pirates’ bad manners, ghastly grub, and outrageous antics? Or will they learn the importance of loving one’s neighbor and help the graceless pirates find their “land legs”?

Contributor(s) Denette Fretz , Gene Barretta
About the Contributor(s) Denette Fretz

Denette Fretz is the critically acclaimed author of two books in “The Next Door Series”––Pirates on the Farm and Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door. A perpetual doodler and songster, Fretz teaches elementary art and music in Medford, Oregon.

UPC 025986723484
ISBN-10 0310723485
ISBN-13 9780310723486
Release Date Aug 20, 2013
Weight (lbs) 0.9200
Height 9.31
Width 9.5
Length 40
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zonderkidz
Price $14.99
Series The Next Door Series
Format Hardcover
Language English

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Pirates on the Farm is the first book in The Next Door Series by Denette Fretz. The basic idea is that five pirates (and one parrot) buy a farm next door to the Sanders family (a father, mother, daughter, and son) in a southern community.

First, I will start by sharing the responses from my kids after I read it to them and asked them, "What did you think about that book?":

Son, age 4: "I wish it had a trillion pages."

Son, age 7: "It teaches us about what to do to your neighbor. I really like that book. It's cool."

Daughter, age 9: "It's good. It's funny. I wish it would never end."

Unfortunately, I wasn't quite as excited about the book as my kids were. It was okay, but I didn't think the writing was quite as engaging as other children's books. There were also many words that aren't generally in kids' vocabulary (which is fine...learning new words is always good), but the definitions of those words listed in the back of the book were described in pirate lingo. Pirate lingo is fun, but not really helpful for when you are looking for a real definition.

As for the lesson in the book, I do feel like the end result was good (with people caring for their neighbors), but leading up to it for the majority of the story was nearly everyone in the book not showing love to their neighbors. And the change of heart was very easy to miss (in my opinion) because it wasn't stated in the words of the story, but just in the artwork. (The artwork is very cute, by the way.)

It wasn't quite up to what I was hoping for, but in the end, my kids all did enjoy it.

FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through BookSneeze®. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews. (Posted on 8/11/2014)
Review by Zac
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*Zondervan provided me with a free copy of this book for reviewing purposes*

In Pirates on the Farm a group of pirates move to a southern community. They get a ship looking barn and cause an uproar in the town. The mom in the story gets frustrated by the pirates, but the dad is very accepting. In the end, however, this changes as the mom wants to help the pirates when they may have to leave the town.

I was confused by this story. The book used terms I was not familiar with. I found this a little difficult to read. At the end of the book there is a glossary that defines the seadog terms. I found this helpful and cool looking back. If I knew this was there at the beginning, I think the story would have been a little better, as I would not have been caught up on the words I did not know. I think as a kid, I would have enjoyed learning some of the seadog terms.

Personally, I found the plot of the story boring, but after reading the parent letter in the back of the book, I like the concept of the book which is about neighbors. In the story, the dad was wanting to help the pirates in a way and I found this to be unbelievable. I actually got annoyed with him. The mom, on the other hand, did not care for the pirates. In the end, however, the mom tries to help the pirates. I think there are a number of cool lessons that can be taught to children and I found the parent letter to be helpful.

If I would not have found the glossary and parent letter in the back of the book I would have given this a lower rating. I found the illustrations to be average. They did not make me jump up and down, but they were not bad either. I think the concept and idea with this book was good, I just wish the final product better represented it. (Posted on 7/21/2014)
Review by Julia
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I was given a copy of this book by Zondervan in exchange for my honest opinion. Could you imagine living next to a bunch of rowdy pirates? In Pirates on the Farm, written by Denette Fretz and illustrated by Gene Barretta, that is just what happens! This children’s story feeds the imagination of your child as they discover what happens when pirates move in next door to a calm quiet southern family. Do you think that they will fit in or be ousted? The book is very well written and illustrated, emphasizing how we should love our neighbors. Pirates on the Farm is the first book in The Next Door Series. (Posted on 7/13/2014)

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