Do I really need to review this? I mean, c’mon – it’s a children’s book, and it’s titled “Henry and the Crazed Chicken Pirates”. Seriously, that’s all the info you need to determine whether this book is for you. Oh, and perhaps I should point out that the Crazed Chicken Pirates also seem to be Airship Pirates – so bonus for all you steam-heads out there.
The story begins by explaining the daily life of the Buccaneer Bunnies – proper scalliwaggs that spend their time the way I’d spend *my* time given the opportunity – not raiding and pillaging, but rather lounging about on a tropical island and shooting each other out of cannons. The fun comes to an end, however, when Henry – the youngest of these pirate rodents – discovers a note in a bottle that threatens impending danger. Most of the pirate scoff, but Henry takes the warning seriously and begins preparations. I won’t tell you how it ends, but here’s a hint: It involves Crazed Chicken Pirates (in an airship).
As is often with children’s books, this one is made up mostly of fun pictures, with only a paragraph or so of simple text per page. The art is very decent, and while many pages can be taken in at a glance, some others offer loads of fun surprises as you examine them (the introductory page featuring the Buccaneer Bunnies’ ship is particulary detailed.)
Kids will love the bunnies and the chickens, adults will enjoy the valuable lessons in how to ambush chickes, and teenagers will enjoy the moody sub-plot involving creepy teenage vampires and their mortal girlfriends. Ok, I made up that last one – teenagers should read something else.