~I received a copy of Seaside for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~
Today I get to share with you the exciting new children’s book, Seaside, by Wylde Scott. I reviewed his picture book, The Possible Police, last year and his new chapter book aimed at ages 6-10 is a cute adventure involving an octopus and an adventurous boy.
Every boy in Seaside wants to be one of Blackbeard’s Boys. From the time ten year-old Robert Grace O’Malley could hold his very first fishing pole, it was all he thought about. Every captain of every ship for generations had been one, and now he was well on his way. That is, until he meets Walter, the young octopus who will change his life forever. In Seaside, Wylde Scott takes you on an exciting voyage through a fairy-tale fishing village and a pivotal moment in the life of two unexpected friends. .
Bobby wants to prove himself to the other boys in town that he has what it takes to be one of Blackbeard’s Boys. Once proven he would be on the path to becoming a sailor and then a captain of his own ship one day. He barely survives the first task but no matter as he is determined to complete all the tasks the boys give him. Walter, a young octopus watches as his mother is dragged away in fishing nets so he heads to the town to try and save her. Bobby and Walter cross paths on the ship in port one night and their lives become instantly intertwined.
The story line is cute yet simple enough that even younger kids could follow along. Both my girls snuggled up each night as I would read it to them. The chapters are short and the book does include fun black and white illustrations that they enjoyed looking at while I read. This book is perfect for young readers and their first chapter books. I personally love stories about ships, sailors and pirates so this book was exactly what I would have read as a kid. Seaside by Wylde Scott is a fun read to add to any children’s book collection.