Sunday, July 13, 2014

Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Pirate Campout by Bill Scollon

Title: Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Pirate Campout
Author: Bill Scollon
Genre: Picture Book, Fantasy
Reading Level: Ages 3 to 5

In Pirate Campout, Jake and the Never Land Pirates go on a hiking and camping trip to Doubloon Lagoon.  Captain Hook and his crew join the trip thinking that there is gold there because it is named Doubloon.

As a World of Reading Level 1 reader, this book features simple text and word repetition.  Usually the Disney World of Reading books do this and create a cohesive plot, but in Pirate Campout the plot to some extent oversimplified to the point the flow of the story seems rather disjointed at points.

Overall Pirate Campout can be a good choice for early readers interested in hiking, camping, and/or outdoor adventures.  While the plot has some flow issues, it still a mostly complete plot and a good fit for those familiar with the episode.  The book also has the corner text commonly in Jake and the Never Land Pirates books, which adds jokes and encourages looking closer at the illustrations to answer questions.

Types of Readers Book Might Appeal To & Multiple Intelligence Categories
  • Fans of Jake and the Never Land Pirates
  • Those interested in outdoor activities like camping and hiking. (Naturalistic)
  • The illustrations along with the corner text that encourage looking closer can help engage visual learners. (Spatial-Visual)
  • The scenes where they set up a tent and save Captain Hook provide examples of teamwork. (Interpersonal)
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