Book Review – Captain LaPlank: The Perfect Pirate

We recently received a review copy of the book Captain LaPlank: The Perfect Pirate by Flibber T. Gibbet, Illustrated by Rob Foote. I wanted to check out this book because as I learned from the online personality test, The Flag Page, I like things to be perfect, which greatly conflicts with my second trait, “fun”.

I’ve definitely noticed that trait developing in my daughter, which is hard to watch. At a young age, I want her to experience more things and not worry about whether it’s done correctly or not. It’s something I wish I changed about myself when I was young instead of waiting until I was older to let go of things. Hopefully, with the help of books such as Captain LaPlank: The Perfect Pirate, she will learn to be more flexible and realize that not everything has to be so perfect.

In Captain LaPlank: The Perfect Pirate, Captain LaPlank threatens his crew to walk the plank if he finds any mistakes, as he is known to run a tight ship. Slowly, one by one, his crew disappears and he’s left with no one due to his perfectionist nature. It isn’t until then does he realize that he has to let some things go in order to even have a crew.

The Illustrations in the book are stylized like 3-D computer generated animations. Despite them being pirates, the characters are drawn with cute and appealing expressions. The rhyming nature of the story and the style makes this story appealing to it’s target audience of young readers.

Since my daughter doesn’t read yet, I read it to her. I think when she does start to read, she will really enjoy this book.

About this book

An emerging children’s author inspired by Dr. Seuss, Flibber T. Gibbet wrote the whimsical cautionary tale of Captain LaPlank: The Perfect Pirate to inspire perfectionist parents to focus on embracing children doing the best they can, and perhaps they can learn a little something along the way too.

Artwork and illustrations by Rob Foote.

Captain LaPlank: The Perfect Pirate (September 2018) is available on Amazon. More information, including a video version of the story and a downloadable coloring book, can be found at and on YouTube.

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