I accepted this book so that my son can read it. I’m always looking for adventures for him to read that have boys as the main character. Plus they have to be a bit different because at the moment he will only read Minecraft books. He kind of snubbed his nose up at this book but then I read the back cover to him and he seemed to be a little more interested, but still being the boy he isn’t letting on to me. Seaside is a Gold Award winner of the Mom’s Choice Awards.
Every boy in Seaside wants to be one of Blackbeard’s Boys. From the time ten year-old Robert Grace O’Malley could hold his very first fishing pole, it was all he thought about. Every captain of every ship for generations had been one, and he would do anything to prove he belonged. Bobby sets off to complete a set of challenges put forth by Mario, the cruel leader of Blackbeard’s boys, who seems intent on keeping him out.
Bobby dreams of being just like his idol, Antonio Bonicelli, the most feared and respected captain in the village. Boncelli has faced the worst of the sea and captured just about every beast imaginable, except for one, the giant octopus.
Things in Seaside take on a dramatic turn when Bonicelli finally captures the giant octopus he has spent a lifetime searching for. Unknown to the great fisherman, the octopus he has captured is female, and the mother of a curious young octopus named Walter. When Walter goes in search of his mother he meets Bobby, and their two paths are forever crossed. Bobby must choose between helping his new friend and the life he had already planned out before him.
In Seaside, Wylde Scott takes you on an exciting voyage through a fairy-tale fishing village and a pivotal moment in the life of two unexpected friends. An adventurous story perfect for young readers graduating into their first novels or parents reading their little ones to sleep, it’s a book that’s bound to be a staple in every family’s library for years to come.
Wylde Scott is a Traveler, Storyteller, and Champion of children’s imagination whose goal is to entertain and inspire children to follow their dreams and explore their imaginations. He is the author of the picture book The Possible Police and Seaside.