Friday, March 6, 2015

The Pirate and the Firefly Review


 About the Book 

Oliver loves pretending to be a pirate, but learns that blindly following others doesn't leave him with a good feeling inside.
In this Scripture adventure, kids join Oliver as he rights the wrongs done by his so-called Pirate friends. Through it all, Captain Oliver learns that following God's way is the true way to wisdom!
The second book in the “Nightlight Chronicle" series brings entire sections of Scripture to life via imaginative, fantastical stories that use a passage from Psalms to help children understand and applly biblical truths to their lives. Each book in the series will depict Oliver wearing a different costume as he imagines and adventures his way through God's Word with the help of Phineas, the firefly. Based on Scripture from Psalm 1, "The Pirate and the Firefly" aims to address the felt needs of children ages 4 to 8 including courage, confidence, friendship and more with biblical truths about God.

My Review

 This book is such a fun but realistic way to teach kids about Psalm 1: 1-3 and not being bullied by other kids. The book stars with Oliver following his friend's actions while stealing from a candy store. Then from there he is pressured from his peers to "walk the plank" and numerous other things. Throughout the book he is always asking his mom what does God think about different things. In the end he doesn't tell his mom what's going on but talks about things with the firefly who shows him in the Bible what God says. After that point he begins to see the other kids differently and stand up for himself. Instead of knocking over a girls wagon, they help her out. 
I think this is a good book that teaches this Psalm with a new perspective for kids. 

Great for ages 4-8. I think the target is boys but I think it's a great book for girls as well. 

"Thanks to the publisher B&H Kids and Shelton Interactive for sending me a copy for free in exchange for an honest review."


Amanda Jenkins is passionate about communicating biblical truths to kids in a way they can understand and connect with. Amanda lives just outside of Chicago with her husband, Dallas, and their four young children. She is also the daughter-in-law of Jerry B. Jenkins, author of the best- selling Left Behind series.

Tara Mcclary reeves is the author of Don’t Tell That to Beasley and one of her joys and privileges as a parent is daily pointing her two teens and toddler to Jesus. She is thrilled Amanda Jenkins agreed to join her on The Knight and the Firefly and is prayerful their collaboration will equip parents and children to focus and depend upon the Lord. Tara and her husband, Lee, live in Davidson, North Carolina with their 13-year- old twins, Caroline and Daniel, and 14-month-old Harrison. She blogs at

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