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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
“Work like a captain, play like a pirate.” The Rowdy Rascal: Our Cranky Crew is a children’s picture book by Natasha Oliver. Captain Fitz and his crew on the ship called Rowdy Rascal have become extremely miserable, shabby, and untidy in their appearances. Jasper’s mother gave him a tray of food to take to the captain but he was chased away. The pirates were so sulky, even to his friends, Cullen and Lark. The three decided to find out why the pirates had changed for the worst. Captain Fitz told them that he’s following the rules found in a pirate handbook. It states real pirates are mean-spirited, wear drab clothes, have dirty teeth and smelly breath. He and his crew want to be great pirates. Jasper, Lark, and Cullen make a plan to convince Captain Fitz that changes aren’t always for the best. Will it work?
Can you imagine being around moody persons, or someone who hasn't bathed or brushed their teeth for a while? Well, Jasper can tell you exactly what that’s like, and it isn’t pleasant. You don’t have to imitate everything a person does because sometimes it isn’t right either. Natasha Oliver wrote a delightful story in an upbeat, rhyming format. The Rowdy Rascal: Our Cranky Crew is a fun, meaningful children’s picture book that teaches small readers the importance of good hygiene and learning to be yourself. The illustrations are wonderful complements that depict the events happening. The book is recommended as a learning tool for schools and homes.