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Victricia Malicia
Book-Loving Buccaneer
Written by Carrie Clickard
Illustrated by Mark Meyers
Flashlight Press, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-9362611-2-3
Genre: Children's Picture Book

Reviewed by Anna Dogole - May 27, 2013

Victricia Malicia: Book-Loving Buccaneer is a rhyming tongue twisting story book that your kids will fall instantly in love with! The story follows the adventures of Victricia Malicia Calamity Barrett, a young girl born to the pirating life who wants nothing more than to settle on land and take up farming or some other non-watery career. In the meantime, she has taught herself to read and has become a thorough book worm. When she accidently sinks the pirate's treasure, her pirate parents, much to her delight, ground her - literally.

My daughter loved this story, in part because it featured an outstanding female lead, and also because of its sing-song narrative. My sons, on the other hand, ignoring that Victricia was a girl, loved the pictures, the pirate setting, and tricky story line. For myself, I liked the ending (which I'll not give away) and the fact that the story is a bit of a challenge to read aloud. You might want to go over it once before reading it to the kids, so you don't make any goofs ;-) Most important, it is a story that I can read, over and over again - as I've already done and are likely to do for some time - without getting too terribly bored. (If you have small children, you already know that after you've read a book a hundred times, no matter how great it is, it gets a bit tiresome!)

This wonderful book was written by Carrie Clickard, who took great pains to ensure that rhymes are well structured and logical - and that they tell an engaging and funny story. The text is accompanied by lively and colorful illustrations by Mark Meyers, and kids will enjoy exploring on their own. This is definitely a read out loud book, meant for those eight and younger. While most of the vocabulary in this book is likely well beyond most new readers, older children with more expansive vocabularies will find this a 'fun' book to read to their younger siblings, or on their own.

As with most children's picture books, the text of this book is printed in a large print font size. For the most part, the text is printed on solid colored backgrounds using either a white or black font, which should make the book accessible to those needing or desiring a large print text. I highly recommend that you get a copy of Victricia Malicia to read with or to the young people in your life. Just be prepared for a lot of pirating activity in the days to come!

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