Monday, October 30, 2017


Robinson. Peter Sis. 2017. Scholastic. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: My friends and I love adventure. We play pirates all the time. Together, we rule the high seas.

Premise/plot: Sis was inspired to write Robinson when he found an old photo of himself as a boy dressed up as Robinson Crusoe for his school's costume day. The story is told in the first person narrative. Readers meet a young boy who loves adventures, loves playing with his friends, loves dressing up as his favorite, favorite hero: Robinson Crusoe. What he doesn't love? Getting laughed at and teased by his classmates. Half the book takes place in the boy's imagination. He's sick in bed, but he's also traveling far, far away to an island and having incredible adventures. The book ends with a reconciliation between him and his friends.

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this one. I love the story behind it. I loved seeing the actual photo. I loved hearing about his experiences. It does help, I think, to know he won the costume contest; he did feel awkward and uncomfortable to some extent; and he happened to be sick in bed with a fever right after. I love how the illustrations take us on journeys and adventures.

Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 4 out of 5
Total: 8 out of 10

© 2017 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

1 comment:

debi o'neille said...

I'm going to have to read this one – thanks for the tip. Love your site (I'm your newest follower) and can't wait to read through some of your other suggestions. Great list you have for November. Happy reading!