Jack is excited to be going into middle school at the Pirate School. He'll be one of the Fighting Eels now. He's planning on taking cannon lessons. However, everything doesn't work as planned.
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This is great fun. Jack gets in trouble as soon as he steps on board. He has to take another math class and he hates it. The bully from last year is still in their class, and now he has to mentor an excitable first grader during lunch. Of course, with Anne Bonny starting and ending their classes with a muzzle shot, it made it a bit better.
When Max gets out of hand at lunch, Jack finds himself having to commit to coming down after school to clean it up. He's irritated at Max and now the boat is ready to take the children back to the ship they are taught on. He can't find him and they leave without him. They don't appear to be concerned but Jack is. He's skipping classes, getting his friends to help and they look everywhere for Max...
What Jack doesn't know is that Teach has a special relationship with Max and he is testing Jack. I really liked the mischievous behavior of all and the way the story ended. Any little pirate you might have in your household will love reading this book. After all, there's a food fight in it.
Jack Ferrington and the School For Swabbies by Clint Perry is the place to go if you want to learn to be a pirate. Jack has had his fill of elementary school and is ready to move on to Moray Middle, a Pirate School. Here he hopes his dreams of cannons, parlay, treasure hunting, sword fights and more will become reality. And they do - though in completely unexpected ways that test Jack's leadership skills and the loyalty of his mates, Finn, Tom and Macy. The instructors are real pirates with strict rules. Unfortunately, because Jack seems to have an uncanny ability to find danger around every corner, he needs to find ways for him and his mates to circumvent these rules. But will these same mates stand with him when they have to face the consequences of his actions?
Following Jack through his first day at the School For Swabbies leads the reader on a wonderful adventure full of both suspense and humor. I thoroughly enjoyed the way in which the author, Clint Perry, uses authentic pirate terms throughout the dialogue, and connects everyday actions to pirate vernacular - very cleverly done. The setting of the school on a real pirate ship adds another dimension to an already intriguing story. Another bonus is the website associated with Jack Ferrington and the School For Swabbies, where the reader can enroll for classes, choose a favorite area of study, and get a personalized Certificate of Enrollment! Arrgh, I recommend Jack Ferrington and the School For Swabbies wholeheartedly.
So, let's talk about this interesting book that I let the Munchkin pick out from NetGalley to read and review with me. He's not done a review in a very long time and well, the other Minions of Mayhem are not around. I was pretty excited when he chose this book from the list I'd put together for him and we jumped in reading pretty quickly. We managed to read it in a few hours over two weekends. It was a bit wordy for a middle grade book but that doesn't deter Munch at all, unless of course it was his turn to be reading out loud.
As he's reading over my shoulder he's insisting its his turn to tell me what to write. I'm half tempted to make him write it himself but alas, I don't really need grammar and typing errors to have to go back and correct. Here's his say. He wants to rate it 4.5 stars. The reason being is that he thinks he knew from the beginning the big mystery of who a certain character (Max) is. "It's kinda cool because I really enjoy pirate books and I also like it because it had all the feelings of school. From the awkward bus driver, the yelling principal, and the size of the school makes their sneaking around hard but so much like real school." He also things that it's really cool that the first graders get to go to sixth grade. Getting to handle things like gun powder and the fun math game would be cool. He laughed at the food fight which he feels gave a light moment of funniness. He thought it was weird to wear a hollowed out octopus as a backpack. Honestly, if the chance to go to pirate school here in the Midwest came available he'd be all over it. He thinks they should make a movie out of it.
From the grown up perspective. I really did enjoy the book. It was lighthearted and perfectly aimed at this new 9 year old Sheldon Jr driving me nuts as I write this. It was an easy read giving a struggling reader the confidence of reading a 'chapter' book, though I do feel that the chapters were ever so long sometimes. The story dragged a little for me and seemed so wordy for one day of school. However, I really liked this story line and hope to see additional books to perhaps make this a series.
Georgia McCabe 4th Grade Teacher, Bear Creek Elementary
I read "Jack Ferrington and the School for Swabbies" to my Fourth grade class at Bear Creek Elementary in Monument, Colorado. I have taught for 37 years and I was amazed at how the students could not wait for read-a-loud time everyday to see what happened in the adventures of the students at Moray Middle School. My students loved the fact that the pirate students in 6th grade had First grade buddies, just like we do! Many of them could relate with Jack and his troubles with his rambunctious buddy. The students LOVED the book (and so did I); we are anxiously awaiting the release of book 2.