“Bash and the Pirate Pig” by Burton Cole and Illustrated by Tom Bancroft
Raymond “Beamer” Boxby (also know as Ray-Ray Sunbeam Beamer) is forced to spend the summer on his cousin’s farm, Sebation (Bash) Hinglehobb. The adults expect Beamer to keep his cousin out of trouble. This is harder then everyone thinks. Bash loves adventure, he’s carefree and comes up with crazy ideas. Such as riding the cows to the ice cream shop and creating a pirate ship fleet with his pig as the captain. Bash is also reading his Bible and talking to God. Bash calls the Bible his “Farmin’ and Fishin’ book”. Beamer doesn’t understand why he calls it that but just leaves it up to Bash being a bit weird.
This book is geared to boys around the grade 4 reading level. However I have to say I absolutely LOVED this book and couldn’t stop laughing at the crazy things that was always happening. After every night I would share what I read with my husband and soon he would ask me about the book before I even had a chance to say anything. He was into it through my enthusiasm of the book. I’m excited for the next book, “Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper”, to come out in 2014.
I also loved this book because towards the end Bash shares the full Gospel story with his cousin and friends. It makes it a great way to introduce your kid to Christ or how to witness to their friends. I loved this quote from the book. It was after Beamer asked Bash why he doesn’t pray for hours, weeping and crying. Bash replies, “…But when you talk with Him all the time in the first place, you don’t have a lot of catchin’ up to do.” That is so true, and profound.
I would totally recommend this product to families with kids, boy or girl. I’d even recommend this book to adults too. It makes for a fun light reading, leaving you laughing daily.