Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Book Review: Two Bad Pilgrims by K. Lasky

2/5 stars. Award winning author Kathryn Lasky introduces us to two brothers, Johnny and Francis Billington. Her new book, Two Bad Pilgrims, is a fictionalized account of a notorious family, who were on the passenger list of the Mayflower.

Presented in comic book style, the two brothers tell it like it was when they traveled to the New World with Captain Myles Standish and the other pilgrims. Faced with the boredom of being cooped up on the Mayflower, the brothers' adventures include almost blowing up the ship. The story is saturated with the naughty, feisty nature of the main characters. While the storyline is unique, the crudeness of Johnny & Francis stands out.

The Bottom Line: Although Two Bad Pilgrims is a picture book, it contains 8 chapters. While it presents some interesting trivia, this book did not appeal to me. Parents looking for books about Thanksgiving should look elsewhere. Written for kids ages 9 - 12 who like graphic novels.

Details: Two Bad Pilgrims written by Kathryn Lasky & illustrated by John Manders, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-670-06168-6

1 comment:

Claire said...

Francis is my 13th great grandfather. The account of this story is true, and found in geneological records elsewhere.

The "chapters" are 3 pages each, and the typical size of a children's book.