HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Author: Wylde Scott
Illustrator: Hannah K. Shuping
Publisher: Wylde Press, 2015
Related website: http://www.wyldescott.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 6-12
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Scott, Wylde. Seaside (published in 2015 by Wylde Press, an imprint of Wylde Scott Entertainment LLC). Ten year old Robert Grace O’Malley, known as Bobby, lives in the fishing village of Seaside with his father, Seamus O’Malley, who is reputed to be afraid of the sea due to the fact that Bobby’s grandfather, Jonathan James O’Malley who was first mate of The Siren Song captained by Rodrigo Bonicelli, had been killed when the ship was destroyed in a storm while trying to capture a “monster octopus.” Bobby’s mother is also dead. Bobby, like every other boy in town, wants to join a club called Blackbeard’s Boys run by an older boy named Mario, who is somewhat of a bully. Then Bobby meets young Walter Aluiscious Octopus, whose own grandfather Graydon had died after his encounter with The Siren Song and whose mother Ophelia has now been captured by Rodrigo’s son Antonio, captain of the Black Fin, in revenge. Meanwhile, Antonio Bonicelli and Seamus O’Malley are vying with each other for the affections of the town’s widowed schoolteacher, Ms. Peach.
One night, Bobby sneaks onto Antonio’s ship to steal something for an initiation into the club, and Walter, with the help of a pelican named Pucello, is there in an attempt to rescue his mother. What happens on the ship? Is there anything Bobby and Walter can do to help each other? Or will they succumb to the enmities out of their past? Seaside is said to be an adventurous story that is perfect for young readers graduating into their first novels or parents reading their little ones to sleep. The plot is easy enough to follow, and the book is nicely illustrated. There is no bad language or, for that matter, anything objectionable. It is just an exciting, action-packed tale about two unexpected friends who must learn how to deal with some old baggage. Both of them exhibit courage and perseverance in overcoming obstacles. And the relationship between Bobby and his father is portrayed as strong and positive. I thoroughly enjoyed it, although I do wish that whoever edited the book knew the difference between “lying” and “laying.”