I would like to introduce you to the husband and wife team of Barbara Ann Mojica and Victor Ramon Mojica. Barbara and Victor are both authors of children’s books. Barbara has penned the first book in the educational children’s book series, Little Miss History, which just happens to be illustrated by her husband, Victor Ramon Mojica! Well, imagine my surprise when I find out the Victor has also written and illustrated his own children’s book, Captain Crossbones in The Treasure Hunt. So, it is my pleasure to have read and reviewed (with my kiddos) each of these fabulous books. See below for the review of Captain Crossbones in The Treasure Hunt and be sure to take a look at our review of Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore by Barbara Ann Mojica. PLUS … you can enter the Spring Fling Giveaway Hop for your chance to win BOTH books AND a $10 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash!!
Title: Captain Crossbones in The Treasure Hunt
Author & Illustrator: Victor Ramon Mojica
Year Published: 2011
Publisher: Independent Publisher Services
Recommended Ages: 3+
Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
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1. What is the book about? The book is about a pirate who wants to go find treasure using a map. He goes on his boat to go get the treasure. He goes on an island and finds a treasure chest. When he opens it, there is a surprise.
2. Who is Captain Crossbones?Captain Crossbones is the captain of a pirate ship called The Lunacy.
3. What do you think of the cover and/or the pictures in the book? I liked the pictures on the cover and in the book. I think we should call the captain, “Captain Unibrow” because he has a unibrow. He was fun to look at.
4. What is your favorite part of the story? I like stories about pirates and treasure hunts. My favorite part was the surprise at the end.
5. Anything you didn’t like? I liked everything about the book.
6. Overall, what did you think about the book? I think it’s a good little pirate story and I really liked it. My Mom did a good job doing pirate voices. I want to give it 5.5 stars.
7. Who do you think would like this book? I think that boys and girls around my age that like reading about pirates would like this book.
Son Rating: ★★★★★
What it’s About: Told in sing-song rhyme, Captain Crossbones takes readers on a journey across stormy seas to an island where lies buried treasure more valuable than gold. Following his treasure map and assisted by his loyal crew, Captain Crossbones soon finds where ‘X’ marks the spot. But what will happen when the old lock is not so easily broken and what treasure could be more valuable than gold?
My Thoughts: There are some things you just can’t go wrong with when it comes to books for young children: pirates, adventure, action, and a surprise ending. Victor Ramon Mojica has written a sweet, fun-filled tale sure to be loved by children and their families. The story itself, that of a pirate following a map leading to the most wondrous treasure of all, is not necessarily original, but the sweet ending is sure to delight children and will make this book a bedtime favorite.
As we all know by now, I’m a big, big fan of rhyming verse in picture books because it makes reading books out loud so much more fun. Add to that the opportunity to do it all with a pirate “accent”, well, can I just say that we were all very entertained?! Little known fact: September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day. I am sooo there! For the record, I can report that the rhyming and cadence were excellent – no issues there.
The illustrations in this book are outstanding. All of the pictures are very detailed and colorful. From the depictions of Captain Crossbones himself (who indeed does seem to have a unibrow!), to the imposing pirate ship “The Lunacy” (lol), and the crashing waves of the ocean during stormy weather, my son enjoyed just flipping through the book finding minute details in many of the illustrations.
My Bottom Line: We all really enjoyed reading Captain Crossbones and the special message at the end of the book was a pleasant, if not unexpected, surprise.
Who Would Like This Book? This book provides an opportunity for a parent or grandparent to snuggle up with their little ones at bedtime to share with them a good story that reinforces the message that sometimes the most valuable treasure is right under our noses. Ages 3+
Mom Rating: ★★★★½
* This book was provided to us by the author free-of-charge in exchange for our honest review.*
About the Author:
Victor Ramon Mojica was born and raised in Manhattan, New York, but has lived in the Hudson Valley region since 1986 and now resides in Craryville, New York with his wife Barbara. He is an illustrator, cartoonist and writer with such works to his credit as the critically acclaimed, comic book series eugenus® … The Next Step In Human Evolution!, which he created, wrote and illustrated. Victor has also written and illustrated his first children’s book titled Captain Crossbones in The Treasure Hunt, based on the comic strip appearing in The Columbia Insider, (Pat Fisher and Ed Pollack, Publishers).
The First Human PARAGON, being released in May, 2013, is a return to the critically acclaimed comic book series eugenus® … The Next Step In Human Evolution! It ran from 1992 – 1994, along with 2 short stories: Temptation and AMOK. The First Human PARAGON will be released as Issue #0, a prequel to Issue #1 to be a PARAGON. The stories of eugenus® are meant to inspire us to be better human beings and to foster pride in our human nature. In this current Issue, The First Human PARAGON, as in all stories based on the eugenus® Universe, Mankind has become “… one in race, government even in creed”, but continues to struggle with his nature and the ever changing world around him.
Book Website: http://captaincrossbones.wordpress.com
eugenus Website: www.eugenus.com
Author Blog: http://eugenus.me
** Giveaway **
This giveaway is part of the Spring Fling Giveaway Hop hosted by I am A Reader.
Prize: One winner will receive either a print copy of Little Miss History by Barbara Ann Mojica + a print copy of Captain Crossbones in The Treasure Hunt by Victor Ramon Mojica + a $10 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice).
Contest runs: May 1 to 7, 11:59 pm, 2013
Open to: International
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