In Pirate Boy by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Julie Fortenberry (Holiday House, 2011), young Danny asks his mother a series of “what if?” questions, particularly about Danny joining a ship full of pirates. For each question, his mother has a way to bring him home safely again.
Reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown’s classic The Runaway Bunny, Pirate Boy likewise reassures the young child that Mommy will always love him. The bonuses of Pirate Boy include the bright digitally painted illustrations and Mommy’s clever and humorous solutions for rescuing Danny from the pirates. Pirate Boy is a fun book for a mother and child to enjoy together.