Captain LaPlank: The Perfect Pirate - Book Review

This book review was organized with Smith Publicity. I was provided with a copy of Captain LaPlank: The Perfect Pirate in exchange for my honest book review. All opinions are my own.

About the book:

“I’m not much for mistakes, and I mean that sincerely. Any pirate who makes one will pay for it dearly!” says new favorite pirate personality, Captain LaPlank. A cleverly written and beautifully illustrated children’s book launching on International Pirate Day, Captain LaPlank: The Perfect Pirate (September 19, 2018) entertains school-aged children while ever so subtly delivering a message around imperfection, leadership, and learning to live with mistakes.

This whimsical, rhyming pirate adventure tells a funny story of LaPlank perfectly captaining his ship as his new crew watches, until one by one they begin making minor mistakes and are shown the plank! Trusting no one to do a finer job than himself, “He did all the cooking, cleaning, and steering in a fearsome display of extreme buccaneering. His new problem was jobs. He had rather too many. But then where was the fun? He was not having any.”

It’s a classic and timely tale of something our culture today struggles to overcome, the desire to be perfect and in control. At a time when parents and children are bombarded by images in the media of perfect families and extreme athletic, educational, and financial success, we have much to learn from LaPlank’s epiphany, “It has nothing to do with ship captains and crews—perfection’s not something that pirates can choose. They’d bungled their business but those are the breaks—mistakes are just something that everyone makes!”

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My review:

There’s no way around it… mistakes happen. Captain LaPlank: The Perfect Pirate, does a great job of pointing out that no matter who you are, you can make a mistake. Not only should you accept that people make mistakes (captains, crew… parents, kids, EVERYONE) you can make them yourself… and the world will not end. Captain LaPlank also gives a great example of how important it is to recognize when you’ve made a mistake, if you acknowledge and accept it, you can work to move on.

While teaching a great lesson… Captain LaPlank is also a fun little read. Each crew maybe made their own little errors, and the Captain responded as pirates do (WALK THE PLANK!) and the story was told with sing-song rhymes. The books illustrations were also really cute. Definitely a fun book to add to your children’s collection, especially if you have a lover of pirates!

Another fun thing…. visit the website and you can download a free coloring book version of Captain LaPlank!

About the author:

An emerging children's author inspired by Dr. Seuss, Flibber T. Gibbet wrote the whimsical cautionary tale of Captain LaPlank: The Perfect Pirate to inspire perfectionist parents to focus on embracing children doing the best they can, and perhaps they can learn a little something along the way too.

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