11/1/04 The Midwest Book Review
Sometimes being a parent has some really cool perks. I have always enjoyed reading to my children, and books like the ones in the You Wouldn't Want to... series always put a smile on not only my face, but my daughters' as well. These books are some of the best I have come across with illustrations, which are sure to bring a smile to your face and make your children chuckle. The text is highly engaging and so much fun to read to your children, and they will enjoy reading them to you as well.
You Wouldn't Want to Sail on a 19th-Century Whaling Ship tells the story of a 14-year-old boy who is embarking on the whaling ship named the Essex. It is his dream to be a whale hunter, but little does he realize what it entails. Such as, having to pay for any clothes that you may need, swabbing decks, serving meals, dealing with bitter cold weather, killing whales, slipping around in whale blood (yuck), the ship being rammed by whales, and facing starvation and the distinct possibility of cannibalism. While this story may be filled with some gruesome bits that might bother squeamish children, it is action packed and informative.
All of these books give a real glimpse into various lives in a way that puts them into perspective, but also entertains children while they learn. When it comes to this set of books I can't express enough just how much fun they are. This is definitely a reading experience that neither you nor your child will want to miss.