The Pirate and the Firefly, Book Review

The Pirate and the Firefly: A Boy, A Bug and a Lesson in Wisdom
by Tara McClary Reeves and Amanda Jenkins

In The Pirate and the Firefly, a little boy named Oliver learns how to stand up for what is right rather than follow along with negative peer pressure.  The illustrations are so colorful and fun!  I loved that my daughter learned a little bit about Psalm 1 and making wise decisions based on God’s Word. My five-year-old enjoyed the story itself and wanted to read it twice in one day.  Sometimes childrens books tend to focus on an audience of either girls or boys (not both), but this book would be enjoyable for both boys and girls in the late preschool/early elementary age group.

This book is part of the “Firefly Series” so Oliver’s friend the firefly is actually the one who walks him through Psalm 1 and what it means.  The rest of this book is pretty realistic, so I didn’t really see the need for a talking firefly to offer the Biblical exposition.  Maybe that makes more sense if you read the series instead of just this one book, but I think a parent, grandparent or Sunday School teacher could have been just as effective. In the end, the resolution isn’t that Oliver actually makes tough choices…he just imagines himself doing that.  I think just one more page to see him actually putting the lessons into practice would have been nice.

I love how the back page includes a Parent Connection with a followup devotional lesson you could do with your kids, including a memory verse, Bible story, discussion questions and activity!  The final sentence on the page gives you the Big Idea:  “There’s no better friend than Jesus, and His way is always the best choice.”  Well said!


I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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