This book is actually three books in one, Pirate in Training, Larry Boy and the Mudslingers, and Listen Up, Larry. This is a wonderful book for reading to a young child or for early readers. The illustrations are colorful and have a variety of their fun Veggie friends to identify. There are bible verses from the New International Readers Version at the beginning of each story that reflect the theme of that story. The themes are learning, forgiveness, and listening.
In Pirate In Training, Junior Asparagus decides that school is too hard and he wants to be a pirate. Larry, Mr. Lunt, and Pa explain specifically how they use reading and math to be good pirates and how he will learn about other things he may want to be when he grows up.
All three stories have character messages that are very important for this age group.