The Traveler's Trunk: Pirate's Treasure


Jacob and Sierra were thrilled to finally arrive at Great Grandma Addy's house. It is such a long drive, and it has been a long time since they saw their cousin Brent. As soon as they got together, they ran to hear one of Grandma Addy's stories. She told them about a great pirate adventure, and, when she was finished, sent them off to play. Up in the attic they found an old trunk filled with just what they needed to create their own pirate adventure. Just as they were closing their eyes to imagine how the story would unfold, they heard real pirates talking. What happened? How did they get here? Now the real adventure begins.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Kids will wish they could visit Grandma Addy's attic and fall into real adventures. Short chapters and lots of action will keep them turning the pages.

Content Awareness Factors:

The story gets choppy about halfway through, and where the kids seem like "real" kids, the pirates are stereotypical caricatures (including their names) and the events predictable.

Parent Reaction

This is an enjoyable story and kids will instantly connect with the idea of being "dropped" into a real adventure. The story builds slowly, offering the reader a chance to meet the characters and explore the attic; this part of the book makes everything seem real/authentic. Once the pirate adventure begins, the story is rushed, with the events happening too fast with too many gaps in logic. The Mad-Lib type fill-in for creating your own adventure will be lots of fun for kids.

Type of Book:
This is an adventure series for transitional readers.
Educational Themes:

This is a fantasy story that can easily be the foundation of having kids write their own adventures. For newer writers or kids who aren't particularly creative, the author has an outline that kids can use to write their own story. She identifies three key parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective) that can be especially useful in elementary language arts.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 to 13
Recommended Age To Read Together:
6 to 10
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. Kids will enjoy the adventure.

Title The Traveler's Trunk: Pirate's Treasure
Author Amanda Litz
Publisher Traveler's Trunk Publishing Company, LLC © 2009
Illustrators Jamie Pogue
ISBN 9780984149605
Material Paperback
Cost $5.95
Genres Adventure, Fantasy, Family - Grandparents, Pirates
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